Sunday, July 20, 2008
Give to God that which belongs to God
Nice to be back in familiar territory again. Our first meeting back at Brunswick today and I preached from Matthew 22:15-22 where Jesus is challenged about paying taxes to the Emperor. Though Jesus' opponents were trying to entrap him, they are themselves caught when they produce a coin with the emperor's image upon it and an inscription which proclaimed his divinity. Caesar claimed to be "saviour", "lord" and "son of God", titles which the first Christians recognised belonged more properly to Jesus. A claim imprinted upon a coin is worth less than the coinage but God's claim is imprinted upon the lives of all those who are made in God's image.