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The Real Power Of A Nation

Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's
Matthew 22:15-21

Sermon Topic Good News

Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:21


The Good News of the Gospel is, primarily, the Good News about Almighty God: a God of power, a God of justice, a God of Grace, a God of Love. It is the Good News of a God who takes the initiative, continuously, to call us into a union with Himself through which we experience wholeness of life and become the kind of person He has created each one of us to be. Jesus called this union with God "the one thing needful" because everything else in life depends on it. Everything!

One of the things we do as a people is to come into this place of worship to praise God and to thank God for the union with Himself that His Love makes possible. But we come also to learn more about it. We want to discover how to deepen this union with God. And one of the ways we do this is to look at the life and ministry of Jesus.

Today we look into the last week of His life when His back is against the wall. It already has been determined that He will be executed and evidence is being gathered to be used against Him. And so the Pharisees come to Him with a very shrewd question, intending to impale Him on the horns of a dilemma. "Teacher," they say, "we know you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully ... Tell us then, what You think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" (Mt. 22:16-17).

If anything, the question of taxes was more controversial in the time of Jesus than it is today. The Pharisees know that if Jesus says "Yes, pay your taxes," He will lose the support of the common people and they will be able to arrest Him without opposition. And if Jesus should answer, "No, don't pay your taxes," they will have the public evidence they need to bring Him to trial before the Roman authorities.

Jesus responds to the Pharisees by asking them to produce a coin bearing a likeness of Caesar on [...]

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