Jesus warned the Disciples about the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple that happened about 40 years later when the Romans destroyed the city in response to a rebellion. The Christians paid attention to the warnings and left the city. We should pay attention to the warnings Jesus gives us too.
Giving is an act of faith. Giving back to God and to help others is both acknowledging that all we have comes from the Lord and using what we have to the glory of the Lord. We can’t out give God. The widow Jesus watched give her last two coins at the temple new that.
The Christian faith is not about putting on a big religious show to get attention. It is not about being pious or spiritual in public to draw attention to yourself. It is not about about elevating yourself to a place of honor. It is about Jesus Christ who humbled himself to save us. We turn to the Lord in humility with our sins asking to be forgiven because of what Jesus did for us. Humble faith, not show time.
Whose Son is Jesus? He is a descendant of King David, so He could be called a son of David. He is also the second person of the Trinity, the Son of God. Jesus is both human and Devine. He is God with us to rescue us from sin and death, to give us forgiveness and life. He makes us sons and daughters of God through the gift of faith.
Alive! Jesus is alive. He defeated sin and death on the cross and by His resurrection. Jesus is the God of the living. Even after our bodies die, we are alive in Christ. He has defeated sin and death forever. His victory is ours through the gift of faith.
The Sadducees were another group in Israel. They did not believe in the resurrection. So they tried to trap Jesus with a trick question. But Jesus set the record straight and told them life would be different after the resurrection. The important thing is that there will be a resurrection to eternal life for those who believe in Jesus.
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.
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?
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.
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.