This is yet another post showing a problem for Jehovah Witnesses’ theology regarding Jesus. They believe Jesus to be an angel, a god, but not God. Here we will show that Jesus was worshipped in a way reserved for God alone.
In Luke 4:8 Jesus tells Satan that we must only worship God.
“It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”
The Greek word used for worship here is proskynēseis. Thus, if any person is offering proskynēseis to something other than God it is idolatry. For example, Acts 10:25-26 “When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and proskynēsen him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”
Therefore, proskynēseis cannot be offered to man. Later in Revelation we see John make a similar mistake with an angel, Rev 19:9-10 “And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I down at his feet to proskynēsai him, but he said to me, “You must not do that!”
However Jesus receives this worship reserved for God alone and does not rebuke those giving it.
Luke 24: 50-52 Then he [Jesus] led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from and was carried to heaven. And they proskynēsantes him…”
Rev 5:14 “And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and proskynēsantes” (The context before and after is all about the Lamb)
Worship is reserved for God alone, even Jesus said so. When disciples and elders worship Jesus, he did not rebuke them like Peter and the angel did to their respective worshippers. The only conclusion to make is that Jesus thinks himself to be God, which is great news. Immanuel!
1. How God became Jesus chapter 5, of 101 was used heavily in this post. Simon Gathercole wrote chapter 5.