It was interesting going through the Gospels and reading the similarities through them all. Yet this time, something stood out. For the Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ it was a matter of convenience when it came to allegiance. In Luke 20:19-26, they were trying to catch Jesus in a trap but it was not like they wanted to pay taxes anyways. If they could only find one thing, one small thing against Him, then they could have their evidence to kill Him.
In Matthew 17:24-27, Jesus told Peter to pay the tax for both of them. This was because Christ did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). He was not there to cause chaos but to bring His message of truth. However, in Luke 23:2, the leaders of the Jewish nation presented a false claim because they could not find anything wrong with Christ. Here they said that He did not pay the tax, but that is clearly false because in Matthew 17:27 Peter pays for himself and for Christ.
Additionally, in John 19:15, the Jews state that they have no king but Caesar. This is ironic because they themselves despised tax collectors (tax collectors would usually be listed with other sinners Luke 18:11; 19:6) and thereby also despised the government that taxed them.
In brief, the Jewish people studied the word but were not filled with intimate knowledge of Christ. In the end, they killed the very Person who came to save them. When it was convenient for them they would side with Caesar, and when it was convenient they would grumble and complain about the economic oppression from the Roman government.
Likewise, do we run to the world when it is convenient and then blame God for the circumstances in our lives? Do we search for joy in all the wrong places and then think that others have it way better than we do? Christianity is meant for those who have a strong mind, men and women who do not easily sway from one side to the other. Don’t make Christ a matter of convenience, follow Him in obedience.