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Divinity of Christ, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III
35- Christ Accepting Worship and Prayer
With Respect to Him Accepting Worship and Prayer
The Lord Jesus Christ accepted worship from people which was not a kneeling down as a sign of respect but an actual worship which followed belief or a miracle.
(1) When He gave sight to the man born blind and called him to believe in Him as the Son of God, the man born blind said: "'Lord, I believe! 'And he worshipped Him" believe!' And
(2) After He had walked on the sea and made His disciple Peter walk with Him, "those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, 'Truly You are the Son of God' " (Matt. 14:33), and He accepted this worship from them.
(3) After the miracle of catching a great number of fish, St. Peter worshipped the Lord Jesus, and said: "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, 0 Lord!" (Lk. 5:8) The Lord accepted this worship and accepted the title 'Lord, then called Peter to be a fisher of men.
(4) The woman who suffered from a flow of blood worshipped the Lord Jesus after He healed her (Mk. 5:33).
(5) Jairus worshipped Him, saying: "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live" (Mk. 5:23). Thus it was worship preceded by faith in Christ that He is able to raise the dead by merely laying His hands on them. And Christ did raise his daughter for him (Mk. 5:41,42).
(7) The eleven Apostles worshipped Christ when they saw Him after the Resurrection (Matt. 28:17). Christ's resurrection from the dead was one of the greatest miracles and its effect on the Apostles and the two women was that of worshipping Him.
(8) The wise men from the East worshipped Christ in His childhood (Matt. 2:11).
(9) We add the words of St. Paul the Apostle that "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2: 10,11).
(10) The Lord Jesus Christ accepted to be called "Lord, Lord' (Matt. 7:22).
(11) The Lord Jesus Christ says that prayer addressed to the Father will be heard if it is in His name, and we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other pages. He said to His disciples: "Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full" (Jn. 16:23,24).
(12) He also said: "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name I will do" (Jn. 14:13,14).
The phrase in My name I will do which He says here twice, means that He Himself hears the prayer. Christ Himself, here, is the One who gives; that the Father may be glorified in the Son. It is unlike the previous verse whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. And this is a clear indication of His Divinity.
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