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April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

"To Whom Shall I Render? Four days until I die!

Jesus asked, “Whose image is on this coin?”  “Caesar’s,” they replied.  Then He said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22: 20 - 21

It seems appropriate that on tax day we ought to talk about taxes.  The Pharisees were looking for a way to trap or discredit Jesus.  They wanted something that would make Him unpopular with the crowd.

They fell upon the perfect ploy, a question about taxes.  Nobody likes paying taxes, do they?  The Jews hated them even more.  They were a sign that they were a kept people.

The Pharisees figured there was no right answer to this question.  If Jesus said pay your taxes the people would become upset with Him.  If He said don’t pay your taxes, the Roman governor would become upset with Him; perhaps even arrest Him.

Either way they come out winners.  What they don’t understand is that Jesus is not concerned with who He pleases or displeases.  His concern is with the truth.  He turns the tables on them with a question.

“Whose image is on the coin?”  When they reply that it has Caesar’s portrait on it He gives them our famous verse, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar; to God what belongs to God.”

So what belongs to Caesar in your life?  What belongs to God?  Think about that, especially in the light that Jesus only had four more days before He died when He said it.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don