What value Christ
Stephen Rudge, Winshill, England
The most blatant assessment of the value of Christ took place when Judas bartered with the chief priests. We know nothing of the length of the discussion that may have taken place before they agreed their treacherous price. It is simply stated in Scripture 'What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver', Matt. 26. 15. A short time after that 'the multitude', persuaded by the chief priests and elders, were to make another assessment. Pilate 'was wont to release unto the people a prisoner whom they would', Matt. 27. 15. Who then is of greater comparative worth; a common thief and a murderer, or the king of the Jews? And 'they said, Barabbas', Matt. 27. 21. Of what was He worthy in their eyes? Only death: 'We have a law', they said, 'and by our law He ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God', John 19. 7.
Peter made his evaluation, one who had spent time with Christ. The comparative value, (a prophet) was certainly higher than that of a slave or criminal, but perhaps was spoken too hastily, 'Let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias', Matt. 17. 4. A voice from the cloud soon dispelled the human estimations with the divine assessment: 'this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him', Matt. 17. 5. There were those, however, who entered into something of the worth of Christ. The Lord sat at meat in the house of Simon the leper and 'there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she break the box, and poured it on his head', Mark 14. 3. We should emulate her appreciation, for 'unto you therefore which believe he is precious (the preciousness)', 1 Pet. 2. 27. Others too, again without a word, demonstrated their love; they came early on the first day of the week and when the Lord Jesus met them 'they ... held him by the feet and worshipped him', Matt. 28. 9. Such was their desire to be with the Lord.
Even the Samaritans (who have no dealings with the Jews) declared, 'We have heard him and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world', John 4. 42. Who could be valued more highly than that? But Thomas goes beyond when he looked upon the risen Christ and exclaimed, 'My Lord and my God', John 20. 28.
What then of our assessment of Christ? It will be evident in our obedience; 'If ye love me, keep, my commandments', John 14. 15, and service, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me', Matt. 16. 24.
In a coming day all will own His worth for 'God hath highly exalted him ... that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord . . .', Phil. 2. 11. And 'ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands' shall say with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing', Rev. 5. 12. Nothing short of eternity will be sufficient to extol the virtue and value of Christ.