Holy Tuesday: WAR of WORDS
Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies who pretended to be sincere. They asked him, “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
If Jesus says no, then they’ll have reason to get the Romans to arrest him.
If Jesus says yes, then the crowds will turn against him.
But Jesus looks at the coin and tells them:
“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s.”
They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public.
What happens when a woman’s husband dies and so she marries his brother? And then the brother dies and she marries the next brother? And so on until she’s had seven husbands! Who will be her husband in the resurrection?
Jesus answers. And lets the mic drop.
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?”
Jesus goes on the attack, asking the Pharisees to tell him whose son is the Messiah. They know that one – David. But then Jesus recites Psalm 110:1 where David addresses the Messiah as Lord. So this is the conundrum:
No one could say a word in reply and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
WAR OF WORDS: Smackdown!