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Jesus questioned on taxes

Jesus is questioned in the temple about paying taxes.
Contributed by LUMO project
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Every day while Jesus was at the feast of the Passover He taught in the Temple courtyard. – Slide 1
Crowds listened intently to what Jesus said. – Slide 2
The Chief Priests, alarmed at how popular Jesus was, were looking for a way to have him arrested and killed. – Slide 3
Some Pharisees and supporters of Herod came up with a plan to trick Jesus into saying something that would so upset the Romans they would put him to death. They sent spies, pretending to be sincere listeners, to ask Jesus a question. – Slide 4
The spies went up to Jesus. ‘Teacher we know that you speak and teach what is right. You teach the truth and God’s ways. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not? – Slide 5
Those listening knew Jesus was trapped. If he said it was right to pay taxes to Caesar then he would become very unpopular with the crowds who hated paying taxes to the Romans. – Slide 6
If Jesus said it was wrong to pay taxes to Caesar then the Romans would arrest Jesus as a rebel and put him to death. – Slide 7
Jesus knew these spies were trying to trick him. ‘Show me a denarius coin,’ Jesus answered. – Slide 8
The crowd looked at the coin. – Slide 9
‘Whose image do you see on it?’ Jesus asked ‘Caesar’s,’ came the reply. – Slide 10
‘Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,’ Jesus replied, ‘and give to God the things that are God’s.’ – Slide 11
Those listening were astonished by his answer. The Pharisees and supporters of Herod were frustrated they had failed to trap Jesus but they were determined to find a way to have him killed. – Slide 12
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