I hear this frequently when people discuss Christ's death: "Isn't it wonderful to know we were worth dying for."
But they're missing the point. The most amazing thing about Christ's sacrifice is GRACE.
Grace means UNDESERVED favor.
I rarely use all caps, but this is important.
We not only can't earn Christ's salvation. We don't deserve it.
To say we were worth Christ's death means Christ simply made a reasonable transaction.
This describes you and me before we accepted Christ:
"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands ... All have turned away, they have together become worthless..." Romans 3:10-12
God's love and sacrifice are undeserved. Our worth is the result of what Christ did, not the cause.
That makes Him, not us, worthy of esteem.