Jesus’ Life: Chapter 13 – Jesus’ Final Ministry In Jerusalem
It often takes us by surprise when, at first, someone showers personal praise on us and then they challenge us. Some Pharisees, who wanted to catch Jesus out, did exactly that.
A group approached Him and said, “We know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion” but, should we pay taxes to Caesar, the Roman Ruler?
It was a trick question! If Jesus replied yes, he would have sided with Caesar and against the Jewish people’s discontent with him, and if he said no, he could incur the wrath of Caesar.
So, Jesus asked them for a denarius (a Roman coin) and said, “Whose image and inscription is this [on the coin]?” They replied, “Caesar”. Then Jesus said, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”. (Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26)
Jesus was well aware of the Pharisee’s hypocrisy, just as he is aware of any unworthy plans or tricks we may have hidden within ourselves! Be honest, not devious!
Lord God, be my light and my help. Steer me away from all that is evil and keep me faithful to your teachings. This I ask through your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Holy Spirit
Most Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
Enlighten me, guide me, comfort me, console me.
I promise to submit myself to all You desire of me,
And permit all You wish to happen to me.
Give me Your help, tell me what to do.
Most Holy Spirit, bring peace to my world. Amen.