It is tax season again. Many of us are struggling with the burden of taxes this year.
What does Jesus have to say about paying taxes?
He addressed the question of taxes on two separate occasions.
Jesus Paid Taxes
Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum.
Tax collectors (to Peter): Does not your master pay tribute?
When Peter would have come into the house, Jesus prevented him.
Jesus (to Peter): What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take taxes? From their own children, or from strangers?
Peter: From strangers.
Jesus: Then the children are free. However, lest we should offend them, go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that come up first; and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money: take that and give it to them for me and you.
Render to Caesar
Luke 20:19-20 and Matthew 22:17-21
The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on Jesus…but they feared the people. So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, so they might catch him in something he said, that would allow them to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
They: Tell us what you think. Is it lawful to give taxes to Caesar, or not?
Jesus perceived their wickedness.
Jesus: Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites? Show me the tax money.
And they brought to him a penny.
Jesus: Whose image and superscription is on this coin?
Jesus: Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and render to God the things that are God’s.
After Jesus was arrested and delivered to Pilate.
Chief priests and scribes: We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.