What Jesus Did! 'Amazing!' — Luke 20:20-26

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

So the Jewish leaders waited for the right time to get Jesus. They sent some men to Jesus. They told these men to act like they were good men. They wanted to find something wrong with the things Jesus said. (If they found something wrong, then they could give Jesus to the governor, who had power and authority {over him}.) So the men asked Jesus, "Teacher, we know that what you say and teach is true. It doesn't matter who is listening—you teach the same to all people. You always teach the truth about God's way. Tell us, is it right that we should pay taxes to Caesar? Yes or No?" But Jesus knew that these men were trying to trick him. Jesus said to them, "Show me a coin. Whose name is on the coin? And whose picture is on it?" They said, "Caesar's." Jesus said to them, "Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's. And give to God the things that are God's." The men were amazed at his wise answer. They could say nothing. The men were not able to trick Jesus before the people. Jesus said nothing they could use against him.
— Luke 20:20-26 NLT
Illustration of Luke 20:20-26 NLT — "Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's. And give to God the things that are God's."

Key Thought

Isn't it interesting that Jesus' public ministry is ending very similarly to the way it began—with people being amazed at his teaching. The smartest and the best tried to trap him in social and religious conflict. But, Jesus' answers are not only wise, they are also true. Seek your answers in him and let him silence the doubts and answer the questions of your heart.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please help me find my answers in Jesus as I seek your truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 4:22, 32, 36
  • John 6:60-69
  • Matthew 28:18-20


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.