Researching to Refute

The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” (Lk.20:19-22)

There were (and there are) people who denied the deity of Jesus and rejected His authority. Some do it directly and others masquerade. They have tried in vain to disprove His claims.

Jesus’ Authority

Jesus always taught with authority unlike the religious teachers. He had authority over life and death since He was the author of life. His words provoked His enemies to anger and hatred. They wanted to eliminate Him and tried to trap Him in their wisdom. The Scripture says, God traps the wise in their wisdom (1Cor.3:19).

Jesus has influenced more lives than any other person, government or authority in history. The self-righteous religious leaders of His day were annoyed by the increasing influence of Jesus and their own diminishing hold on the people. Jesus exposed the hypocrisy and untruthful life of these leaders. However, He recognized the political systems and governments and advocated paying our dues to the authorities.

Critics’ Ignorance

Enemies come with tricky questions to trap Jesus. He reveals their ignorance about the things of God and silences them. Followers of Jesus face the same situation and God empowers them with His Word and wisdom to face these challenges. Man can never thwart the purposes of God and the advancement of God’s kingdom.

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