Taxes … Luke 20:20-26

I am not a fan of paying taxes, although I pay them. I don’t know anyone who is a fan of taxes. When the religious leaders tried to trap Jesus with a question about paying taxes, He said give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. The government gets it’s power from God and should never try to step into or control the faith and life God calls us to.

Rejected … Luke 20:9-19

Jesus’s story about the landlord and the tenant farmers is a story about the people of Israel who rejected the Prophets. The religious leaders were plotting to kill Jesus at the time. Jesus told the story as a prediction,  a warning and a call to repent or face judgment. The religious leaders knew the story was about them, but refused to repent. We can’t make the same mistake, can we?

No Answer … Luke 20:3-8

When Jesus asked the religious leaders about the authority of John the Baptist, they refused to answer. They didn’t want to acknowledge John as a Prophet of the Lord and didn’t want to get the people upset with them. They wanted to ride the fence without having their authority challenged. But Jesus did by refusing to answer their question because they wouldn’t answer his. No one can be neutral about Jesus. It doesn’t work. He is either God’s Son and the Promised Savior or He is a liar and false prophet.  There is no middle ground.

Authority … Luke 20:1-2

We live in a world full of “authorities” on just about everything. People don’t like to have their authority questioned. Jesus had challenged the religious authorities of His day because they had twisted the religion of Israel out of shape. Jesus came in the authority of God the Father to restore the faith and the people back into  a right relationship with God.

The Plot … Luke 19:47-48

Jesus teaches out in the open. The religious authorities plot in secret. Jesus wants to give hope and life to all. The authorities hope they can arrest Jesus without stirring up a riot and sentence Him to death. What a contrast! Two different kingdoms, God’s and man’s, we’re about to collide. Jesus would die on the cross to open God’s kingdom to everyone.

Tears … Luke 19:41-44

After Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He shed tears of sorrow for the people of Jerusalem who rejected Him. He cried because the city would be destroyed and lives would be lost with so many people not believing or receiving God’s gift of peace in Christ. There is joy when one person represents and tears when another doesn’t.