The Question:

Please show me where in the Bible it says that Jesus said he is God and worship me as most Christian would like to think he is.

(An) Answer:

I have been asked this in the very same formulation many times before. I hope this response brings out some of the issues I think are important in this regard.

   N O W H E R E  does Jesus say "I am God, worship me."

Suppose a man does indeed come up to you and does says, 
  "I am God, worship me."  

Would you believe him?  
Would you worship him?

The immediate reaction of any decent monotheistic believer 
would be to call the person making such a claim an impostor 
and a blasphemer. If that is your reaction too, then why
would you demand something from Jesus which you aren't going to
accept anyway? Most would declare insane anybody who would make
such a statement. Jesus knows about this natural reaction as 
well as anybody else and saw no reason to make his claims in 
such a foolish way. But he did make the claim in indirect ways
and those are just as clear.

Maybe you are cautious and open and don't want to completely 
dismiss such a claim ... after all, saying that God is not 
able to come and appear in the form of a man does restrict his 
power, and you believe in an all powerful God, ... but you would 
at least demand conclusive proof for such a claim, wouldn't you? 
After all, if you do worship somebody who is not God you are 
guilty of idolatory. But refusing to worship God when he demands 
so is just as great a sin.

What matters in the end is not the existence of this literal
statement, but whether there is clear evidence that he is indeed 
God, no matter in which form he issued the claim. If there is 
clear proof for his divine identity, then you have to worship Him 
even if the wording of his commands is not precisely the way you 
may think they should be. We cannot prescribe for God how
he has to reveal himself before we accept it.

For example, in the Gospel according to John, (speaking of 
eternal life) Jesus says, "I am the resurrection and the life. 
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies." 
(John 11:25). He makes the offer of eternal life conditional on 
faith in his own person. This would be blasphemous for anybody 
other than God. This is an incredible claim. Does he give any
evidence for his authority to make such claims? The record 
gives many details of what happened at this particular day, but
at the end we read, "When he had said this, Jesus called in a 
loud voice, `Lazarus, come out!' The dead mean came out, his 
hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around 
his face. Jesus said to them, `Take off the grave clothes and 
let him go.'" (John 11:43-44).

When you read the Gospels carefully you will find that 

* Jesus talks like he is God, 
* Jesus acts like he is God,
* Jesus gives evidence for claiming this authority rightfully
  by performing miraculous signs.

After 3 years with his disciples we read how one of them
asks Jesus and wants to be "shown the Father (God)". 

  Jesus answered, "Don't you know me, Philip, even after 
  I have been among you such a long time? 
  Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. ... 
  Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the 
  Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the 
  miracles themselves." (John 14:10-11).

Jesus expected the disciples and the people around him to 
recognise his true nature and identity from his words which 
are only appropriate for God to speak and from his deeds. 
Jesus does give enough proof and then lets you draw your own 
conclusions. Everybody could make the claim to be God. And 
many have made claims to be (a) god throughout history. Only 
the true God can give true evidence for it and if you have 
the evidence there is no need for the explicit command to 
worship anymore. The statement "I am God" adds nothing of 
substance to the question regarding his identity. His real 
identity is established by the proof he gives, not by claims 
each and everybody can make. After he has given the evidence, 
there is no more need for the statement. Those who are open 
for the truth will recognise the evidence, those who ignore 
the evidence won't be convinced either if he adds this 
specific statement you seem to demand from him. And if you
have recognized his true identity, worshiping him is only 
proper and will nearly be an "automatic" response.

I know this is an incredible thought, it is unbelievable.
That is why it took even the disciples themselves such a
long time to really understand it. They have really only 
started to comprehended the meaning of it all after Jesus' 
own death and resurrection, after they meet the risen Lord.

In the Gospel according to John, end of chapter 20, and 
the Gospel according to Matthew, end of chapter 28, we read 
how Jesus receives worship and affims this. Even though he
never demands the worship, he accepts it and confirms it as

You claim:

     N O W H E R E  Jesus says  "I am God, worship me."

and understand this as 

     NOwhere        Jesus says "I am God, worship me."

and you are right when taking it the literalistic way. He never 
says these very words. But he makes his claims very clear in 
many other ways. Open your eyes and you will see that the right 
way to read this statement is

     Now HERE       Jesus says "I am God ..."

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