As I prepare for Lent I’m reading the passion narrative from Matthew’s Gospel. Today’s reading included the questioning of Jesus by the High Priest after his arrest
“What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered.” Ironically, they were right, but not for the reason that they were thinking of. Not for blasphemy but for redemption. Yes, he is worthy and we are not.
John the Baptizer said: “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Jesus said: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
and again “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
A Roman Centurion said: “That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
The twenty-four elders in glory declare: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
And again in a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
No wonder that the Psalmist declares: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”
Yes, he is worthy and we are not.
Robert says – As I read this I was reminded of this song – Let’s praise God!