Wednesday, March 11, 2020
“And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King” (Luke 23:1,2 KJV).
Dishonesty! Despicable! Damnable!
As Jesus’ trial got underway, His complainants hurled toward Him all sorts of wild and false charges. In fact, they accused Him of “perverting” the nation Israel, corrupting it. At first, this seems to be a rather vague allegation, but the context makes it clear that they are attempting to get Him into trouble with the Roman government. After all, Judaean Governor Pontius Pilate is a Roman official, someone quite interested in learning anything about possible political rivals. As for their accusation that Jesus discouraged the Jews from paying taxes to Rome, this is an outright lie.
Matthew chapter 22 speaks of Jesus’ final week before His crucifixion: “ Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.  And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.  Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?  But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?  Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?  They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.  When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”
Unsuccessful in “trapping” Jesus, they did not mind lying about this account days later at His trial. Christ, although King, certainly understood Daniel chapter 2, how sinful Israel would be under Gentile dominion and oppression until He sat on David’s throne (still future). He thus answered in the affirmative, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s!”
Our latest Bible Q&A: “How can I most effectually deal with cultists who knock on my front door?”