“So that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” (John 5:23)
How is Jesus to be regarded by us? As a good teacher? A prophet? God-like but something less? This verse makes it extremely clear:
Jesus said here that God had given all judgment to the Son (:22) “So that ALL WILL HONOR THE SON EVEN AS THEY HONOR THE FATHER.” That is pretty clear! How are we to regard Jesus? We are to regard Him as we would God — because He IS God Himself! Honor Him as you would the Father: that means you can pray to Him, worship Him, sing to Him, etc. — however you might treat God, you can treat Him: “Even as they honor the Father.”
In fact He goes even a step further: “He who does NOT honor the Son, does not honor the Father who sent Him”! So not only “can” you honor the Son, Jesus asserts that if you do NOT, you are also NOT HONORING GOD!
It really could not be more clear: Jesus is no mere “channel” to God; you are to honor HIM even as you would the Father. He is “the exact representation of His nature.” (Heb. 1:3). “In Him the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col. 2:9). Do you want to know God? You CAN know Him through Jesus Christ. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)