The Other Side of the Coin
Matthew 22
February 14, 2021
Matthew New Testament

In Matthew 22 some religious and political leaders, who were opposed to Jesus, plotted to trap Him in His words with a question about taxes. They assumed that the controversial topic would cause Jesus to alienate people depending on His answer. But Jesus responds with the wisdom of heaven and encourages people to give “to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Yes, he made a statement that it’s our civic duty to pay our taxes, but the bigger point He was making had to do with giving to God what belongs to Him—our very lives. We bear His image and were made in His likeness and we will only find real fulfillment and purpose in life when we return to our rightful owner—Jesus.