First, let's not forget that
Matthew was a tax collector when he first met Jesus
so it makes perfect sense that he mentions this
incident in his gospel
The money owed, and spoken of
here, was a temple tax which had to be paid by all
Jewish males of the day. Since Jesus came as a man,
He too was subject to paying the same tariffs and
Did Christ really owe any
tax? No, but He paid them to satisfy those who did
not understand who He was.
Our Active Role in God's
Peter also had to pay tribute
and Jesus supplied the money - but Peter did have
to participate to get it by catching the
You see, God freely gives us
salvation through our belief
in Jesus Christ but
He wants us to take an active part in his plan as
I remember an old joke about
faith. It goes something like this ...
A man was caught on
his roof after a heavy rain and following flood.
He was desperate to be saved from slipping off
the roof and drowning.
Along came a rescue boat.
The men in the boat tried to coax the man off
the roof but he said to them; "No, God will save
Later, another boat came
along. "I'll wait. God is going to save
Then, along comes a
helicopter. The loud speaker burst out. "We've
come to rescue you. We'll lower a cable to pull
you up to safety." "I'm okay." said the man on
the roof. "I'm praying that God will get me down
The helicopter left and
the man was alone. After several hours with the
water rising higher and higher, the man cried
out; "God, I've prayed and prayed; Why haven't
you saved me?"
He heard a voice from
heaven say; "I offered .. I sent you two boats
and a helicopter!"
God Saves Through Grace -
But Expects Us to Contribute
Everything we have, or ever
will have, comes to us from God. But, He wants us
to do some of the work to make things happen. I
wonder while writing this, what have I done for God
today? What have you done?
Should Christians Pay
Oh, the tax issue you ask?
Well yes, we have to pay taxes to our government
because it is the law of the land but our first
loyalty should always be to Christ.
The government can give us
services and keep our country running smoothly, but
Jesus offers us the gift of eternal life.
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
decision to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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