“Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
Jesus saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent. (Luke 20:22-26)
As we read this story today, in an environment where we are more acutely aware of the importance of government and rules of law. Let’s draw our focus on to Jesus’s reaction to the question. Jesus knows that these men are trying to trick him and catch him out. But there is a sense of calm and control in his answer to them. So much so that the men are astonished and become silent at Jesus’s answer.
Jesus was calm and spoke God’s truth to these men when they attacked him. We are under pressure from circumstances we cannot control but we can control how we react. We can focus on the things we are thankful for. We can pray to God about the things that worry and scare us. God wants us to be honest and talk to him about the things on our minds and in our hearts. We can draw strength and reassurance from a God who knows and loves us, just as we are.
When was the last time we were astonished by Jesus? In this Holy week, unlike any other we have worshiped in. Have we been still, become silent, to be astonished by God and all that he has done for us and is doing in the world today
Prayer: Awesome God, help us to still ourselves in this turmoil and focus on you. That we can be calm and astonished by your love for us, shown in your Son Jesus Christ. Thank you.
Action: Take time to be still before God. Ask your questions and be astonished by His answers.