“He Deserves Death”
We praise you, O Lord, that you accepted the suffering and death that you did not deserve because you are the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Son of Man and because you are the One who came to be God With Us, to be the Kingdom of God among us, and to be the Suffering Servant.
We thank you that you showed us that the way to glory is the way of service, sacrifice, and love.
We ask for the grace to live as your followers in ways that bear witness to the Messiah that you are and not to the one that we might want you to be.
“Then the high priest said to him, ‘I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you,
From now on you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of Power
and coming on the clouds of heaven.’
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?’ They answered, ‘He deserves death.’ Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, ‘Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?’” (Matthew 26:63b-68)