“Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” — Mark 12:17
In this episode, Jesus is being challenged by some of his opponents who are trying to catch him out. However, Jesus has given a brilliant answer, please watch the video below to find out what have happened.
When Jesus’s opponents asked him this question, “Tell us, is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?'”, they were actually setting a trap for Jesus. Because if Jesus answered Yes, they would argue that Jesus supports the hated occupiers. On the other hand, if he said No, then he would be seen to be committing treason. I have to admit this is a clever trap.
This is not the only occasion that Jesus faced this kind of trap question. But by the wisdom of God, Jesus is able to surpass all the human understanding and make the most clever human fool. He gave a brilliant answer that even amazed his opponents.
What’s the image on the sliver coin? The coin was made in the image of Caesar therefore it belongs to Caesar. God doesn’t care about the things that belongs to Caesar, so just give it back to Caesar. What Jesus didn’t say but was implying is that “What’s the image of human beings?” The Jewish leaders had to say human were made out of the image of God because it is written in their laws. So what belongs to God is actually humans. The money Caesar asks for is therefore nothing compared to what God asks for. God asks for everything from us because we are made in his image.
Similarly, what’s the image on our pound coin? It is image of the Queen. Jesus seems to be saying that it is right to pay taxes to the government of the day and it is also right to give to God. However, there is more to this. The coin have been made “in the image of the Queen”. Are we not made ”in the image of God”, who is greater than any rulers in this world. God is asking us to give ourselves, just the way we are.
God Loves you!
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. — Genesis 1:26 (KJV)
Here Bible says, “Let us make man….”. It’s plural because our God is three in one—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Trinity is the word that people later invented to describe this fundamental nature of God. Before human beings were created, God made other living creatures first (Genesis1:20-25). Then God made us in a unique way that we are made in his image and we are made after his likeness. We are different from animals not because of we are the result of a perfect evolution, but we were made to be like this. God has made us the ruler of this planet.
It has been very beneficial for me to know that I am created in God’s image and after his likeness. Just as I have inherited the gene from my earthly father, I have also got the ‘DNA’ from my heavenly Daddy, the BEST EVER Gene I can possibly get. How could I sometimes feel worthless anymore? Now, I understood that I am made of the best qualities and personalities, and so are you! Additionally, we are also made to rule, with love and compassion of course.
It is said that our original mission is to LOVE over all that God has made. However, the first thing we need to learn is to love ourselves in positive ways, that means NO self-pity, NO unworthy feelings, NO lacking of confidence, NO self destructions and so on. We are dearly and wonderfully made by God, and he treasures and value us so much, and how could we not treasure ourselves in the same way?