Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him.
If someone asked you to describe who Jesus was, you might be tempted to say, “He was a great teacher.” But according to the well-known scholar, C.S. Lewis, that is the one thing we must not say. Although Jesus taught many important lessons about God, he also said, “I am the true God.”
According to Lewis, a person who says such a thing is either a liar who is willfully deceiving his listeners, a lunatic who has a delusional understanding of reality, or he is who he says he is: true God and also true man.
Jesus’ closest followers believed their leader fell into the third category. But it took them a while to come to this conclusion. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, the disciples would ask, “Who is this? He even commands the winds and the waves to obey him?” Over time, they concluded that Jesus was more than a mortal man, and he seemed to have divine influence. But then, their miraculous Messiah was crucified and died, and they were again confused and disillusioned. He saved other people, but he couldn’t seem to save himself.
But three days after his death, he appeared to them alive. He told them he had to die to pay for sins and rose back to life to conquer our last enemy, death itself. And so, when Jesus gathered this group of followers on a mountain before he left them, Matthew tells us, “They worshiped him.” Jesus was no mere teacher. This man standing before them was their God. All the praise they had offered to the Lord of Israel was now directed towards Jesus, their Savior.
Now it’s your turn to worship Jesus just as his disciples did. Because Jesus did more than just teach about God; he proved himself to be God. He lived a perfect life, died in your place, and rose again so you would never reduce him to the status of a mere mortal.
Lord Jesus, I worship and praise you, my Savior and my God. Amen.