The answer Jesus gives the Pharisees in today's Gospel is nothing short of awesome.
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God."
What an answer!
Every time I think about how I would have stammered and stuttered trying to answer that pop quiz, I grow more in awe of Christ.
I mean, he totally slays them. It is such a perfect answer to an imperfect question. Even Matthew tells us the Pharisees were "amazed".
But this year, I saw this answer in an even greater light.
The first part of His answer was easy. People continued giving taxes to Caesar. But not too long after that, Jesus showed us what the second part of His answer meant...
He gave His Body and Soul back to His Father on the cross - ironically asking Him to forgive those who our Savior had admonished just days earlier.
God Bless you.
Our God is truly an awesome God!
I love your added insight into Jesus' reply. I had never taken it that far to see that indeed He did give everything He was and is back to His Father. We are called to do the same.
Thanks Michael~great post!
That's what I love about Scripture- just when you think you understand it, a whole new depth of meaning opens up for you.
I agree with everyone else's comments!! I never took it that far either. Awesome!
Wow I never made this connection...from the coin to the cross... excellent post! Made me think and feel. :)
It's wonderful when we see readings we have heard before in a new light isnt it?
Wow! What a great post Michael! We truly do have an awesome GOD!!!
And we too should return to God what is God's. He gave us our lives when He created us. And we should devote our lives witnessing for Him.
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