Luke continues building the climax of Jesus ministry by showing how very useless His would be enemies truly were. They senT spies to try to trap the Lord. The spies concocted a full proof question (Or so they thought). Should we pay taxes to Caesar? Jesus answers them simply, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” It shocked and amazed His would-be captors. They had no idea with whom they were battling. This was the creator and Lord. Still, He lived His life humbly and He would not trip up over stupid riddles or tests. One’s close review almost reveals a sense of sympathy for the poor fools.
It has been and is clear that no one took the Savior’s life, He gave it willingly. He had a mission, and Jesus executed the mission without flaw nor without malice. Paul said it best in Romans 5:8–“God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus could and would not wait until we were worthy of saving, but instead sacrificed when we needed Him. In that, we can never underestimate the lengths Jesus took nor the abuse he endured to show God’s Love for all men!
God Bless You
20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.