Luke devotes this entire chapter towards the religious leaders of Jesus day, the “spiritual heavyweights” at the time. And by now you should know that He’s not going to commend them! Things written about “religious leaders” tend to grab my attention because, although I don’t consider myself “religious”, I do (well I did) work for a church and I have been called to teach students spiritual truths. So I want to listen & learn and not have Jesus torqued at me!
Ya’ gotta’ like this first story. “Hey Jesus, who do you think you are doing all theses miracles & stuff, who sent you?” (I again point out the stupidity of questioning GOD!) Jesus, with his unequalled wisdom, tells them “you tell me who John is and I’ll answer your question.” Ha – He catches them in their own game!
And ohhhh, it gets better. He then proceeds to tell a story (wicked tenants) of wickedness, they agree it is wrong and Jesus quotes the OT basically telling them this story is about them!~! Didn’t make them real happy…
Again, trying to trap Jesus, they send some spies to ask Him about paying taxes. Jesus tells ‘em to look at who’s on the coin and replies, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Wow – great answer!
Then the Sadducees (who don’t believe in the resurrection, that’s why they’re “Sad U See”….he, he) get in on the action. They give Jesus a scenario of a bunch of brothers who keep dying after they marry this same woman (seriously, by the third one wouldn’t you get a clue where you were headed). So they ask who’s wife she’ll be at the resurrection? He basically explains that heaven will not be like life here. Then He hits their real issue – the truth of the resurrection - and you know what it reads next? “And no one dared to ask Him any more questions.” I’ll bet!
*Are you in spiritual leadership? You don’t have to be a pastor or an elder in order to be. I believe all believers are spiritual leaders to some extent – because we have been called to represent GOD! (2 Cor 5:20) So how are you doing? Follow JESUS – not men, not traditions, not rules, just JESUS!
*We have a responsibility to both man (Caesar) and God. How are you doing? There are plenty of laws that keep us from cheating “Caesar.” But what about cheating God? We are to give to Him what is His – our lives. Take some time today to reaffirm to God that you are HIS! And them let’s give Him our all!!!
MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK: Luke 17:10
“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "