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The Take Home from Mark 12. 13-17

Take home thought of Sunday’s sermon?

I bear the mark of the Creator and that changes everything. 

The Pharisees are at it again – trying to trap Jesus with their cunning questions. They are manipulative and lay it on thick.

Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men…but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

But Jesus will have nothing of it. He sees right through their hypocrisy and once again, he turns the question around to them. He shows them a coin and asks, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?” Now, the Pharisees are trapped and must answer, “Caesar’s.”

Jesus so wisely ends the conversation with, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

“And they were amazed at him.”

Our pastor reminded us that humans bear the image of God, just as this coin bears the image of Caesar. Jesus’s answer revolves around image and ownership. We belong to the Creator. Every part of our life needs to be surrendered to God – no compartmentalization. We are called to live an integrated life.

We bear the mark of the Creator and that changes everything.

I like that statement. Bold and true.

So, I continue to journey towards an undivided life.

 

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