“The kingdoms of the world turn on who sits on a throne, but the kingdom of God turns on who was nailed to a cross."

The leaders of the day work across the aisle to trap Jesus in a thorny question about Caesar and taxes. A lot is at stake in Jesus' answer: a simple no puts him at odds with the authorities, while a simple yes makes it seem like his talk about God's kingdom won't change anything in the real world. But Jesus' answer challenges our allegiances in this world while bringing hope for real change. We are called to walk in the world respectfully, but with God as our ultimate authority.

Application Questions

Jesus challenges the Pharisees and Herodians on their hypocritical question. Are your questions about the Christian life motivated by a desire to keep Jesus at a distance, or by a desire to follow Jesus more closely?

Many people in Jesus' day thought that the right government was the solution to the world's biggest problems. What are some other forces in today's world that people think will solve our problems?

Jesus says that we owe God our ultimate allegiance, over every other philosophy and power in the world. What are some philosophies and powers that might challenge your allegiance to God?

What makes Jesus' kingdom different from Rome? Why does it offer us more hope than the other forces that want our allegiance? How do those differences color the way we live as citizens of God's kingdom in the world today?

What We Sang

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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