Chapter 14 is jam packed with action. John gets his head cut off, Jesus feeds 5,000+ people with a few fish and bread, walks on water, and then heals many who simply touch his clothing. But there is one thing done to Jesus that should catch our attention. Jesus is worshiped.
It happens right after Jesus walked on water, rescued Peter, and then calmed the wind beating against the boat. We read, “And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “truly, you are the Son of God.”’ (Matthew 14:33). If you grew up in Sunday School and spent your summers hopping from VBS to VBS, you may be asking, “What’s the big deal with them worshiping Jesus?” Here’s the big deal.
Jesus had already refused to worshiping Satan in the desert by quoting the law, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve (Duet 6:13).” Jesus knew worship belonged to God only. The Jewish disciples in the boat knew worship belong to God only. And here Jesus is being worshiped and accepting worship.
There are a few cases in the Bible where folks give improper worship to others, but they are always quickly and sternly rebuked. In Revelation 19, John begins to worship an angel and the angel rebukes him and says, “Don’t do that! Worship God!” In Acts 14, some of the apostles are worshiped by the crowds, and they tear their clothes and beg them to stop because they are mere men.
But in the boat Jesus makes no protest, because He is exactly who they say He is, “the Son of God.” And as the Son of God He deserves the worship that is reserved only for God, because He is very God of very God.