When Jesus was in Jerusalem before His execution on the cross, He moved about publicly. Jesus challenged the Jewish religious authorities who rejected Him, warned them they would be judged, and said those they would exclude would be invited to the wedding banquet.
When the authorities questioned Jesus about paying taxes, He told them give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. The government cannot take God’s place and should never try to make us do anything that is against God’s will. We should always strive to obey God rather than human authority.
There was a dispute about the resurrection among various groups in Judaism. Some believed in the resurrection, others did not. When these two groups tried to trap and challenge Jesus, He told them that God is the God of the living and that life in the resurrection while be different than life now.
Jesus answered the question about the greatest commandment by summarizing them in two commands and combining them. Love God! Love people. Love fulfills the Law.
He turned the question about who the Messiah is back to the questioners by asking them a question they did not want to answer. The greatest challenges would come later that week. This is the week that changed everything. Keep reading!