This morning, reading our daily devotional together, Rebekah and I came across the following passage I’d like to share. The section of the book reflects on our journey through Holy Week on the road from Palm Sunday to Easter.
The scripture comes from Luke 20:
So they watched Jesus and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?” They said, “The emperor’s.” He said to them, “Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”Luke 20:20-26
The setting was one of those all too familiar occasions where people like to play games with the truth. But Jesus, the devotional book points out, is all about authenticity. Jesus is about being real. Here is the passage I want to share:
Jesus goes on to offer a powerful alternative to playing games. Jesus advocates love. Unconditional love. Not condemning others, not arguing them into submission, not responding in kind to their toxicity. But to listen, and to care, and to offer grace.
Love is the Jesus mandate. Authenticity, and love. – DEREK