In what is commonly called the "Greatest Commandment," Jesus outlines three priorities for the follower of Christ. Loving God, Loving Self, and Loving Others. Our ability to love is in response to God's love for us and we must believe in the ultimate expression of God's love: Jesus Christ.
In this passage, Pastor Scott looks at Jesus' famous statement: Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. This isn't a money question, it is an ownership issue. Who do you belong to?
The question of authority is important. We all have a source of authority in our lives, someone or something that guides and drives us, something that rules. For most of us, like the Sanhedrin in today’s story, it is ourselves. We are not really interested in surrendering that rule to anyone else.
However, we must. And that someone else is God. His authority will eventually be recognized by everyone (every knee will bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus is LORD), better to do so now than before you stand before God in judgment.
In this passage, we see Jesus shut down hypocrisy and idolatry and begin to rebuild missions and prayer. We also see how prayer is rooted in history, faith, confidence, expectancy, and forgiveness.