15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
I love this! This is ‘sassy’ Jesus at his best. He wasn’t intimidated by the Pharisees, and he didn’t put up with their games. No ‘gentle Jesus meek and mild’ here! I want to be like Jesus – wise, smart, ready with an answer, to the point. We need to be like Jesus, ready to face those who try to take us down for our faith and beliefs. We need to ask God for wisdom so our words supernaturally expose the truth.
Jesus help me be more like you. Give me wisdom in dealing with those who attack me because of my faith. Help me to be bold and may my words reveal you. In Jesus name Amen
Written by Christine Knight