“ ‘What do you think?’ ‘He is worthy of death,’ they answered.” Matthew 26:66 NIV
We define it as good. Deserving of respect, praise, or attention. Having value. Estimable. Meritorious.
Somehow, I don’t think that’s what the Sanhedrin meant, like Inigo Montoya to Vizzini in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Perhaps Father God was messing with the opposition as He crafted the ultimate play on words that eventually became Scripture.
Because if anyone was worthy to pay the penalty for our sin, it was Jesus.
Mankind fell through Adam.
Yet, sinful man could not pay his debt.
A perfect sacrifice, one without blemish was required.
Enter Jesus, the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.
One with the Father.
God with skin.
The Sanhedrin saw an adversary, one deserving punishment for blasphemy.
We see a Redeemer, the God-man who willingly took our punishment.
Of death? Thankfully, yes, because His death brought us life.
“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53: 4-5
Training Tips: As you train this week, consider:
- What makes Him worthy? (Who He is? What He said? What He did?)
- Of what is He worthy? (Death? Allegiance? Worship?)
- What is He worth to you? (Time? Money? Relationship?)
Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.
Workout for the Week: Worthy is the Lamb
Memory Verse: “ ‘What do you think?’ ‘He is worthy of death,’ they answered.” Matthew 26:66 NIV
Meditation Passage: Matthew 26:63-68
Just Do It: Give Him what He’s worth.
Worthy. Like Vizzini in The Princess Bride, it’s not what the Sanhedrin meant.