Jesus, Death and Taxes

Sunday (3/10), gather with your church family as we turn our attention to Matthew’s Gospel (17:22-27). After being transfigured before Peter, James, and John and delivering a father’s only son from a demon, He had His disciples leave the multitude behind so He could give them a breather from everything.

Jesus understood His men were probably experiencing sensory overload. Life has a way of doing that. When dealing with one thing, three other things pop up, and you have no time to think or prepare.

That is what Peter and the others must have felt when Jesus took their rare moment of solitude to remind them that His betrayal, arrest, suffering, and death were imminent.
Their fatigue, combined with their sorrow, made them miss that Jesus had also told them He would rise, never to die again.

As if that wasn’t enough, when Peter went into town shortly afterward, probably lost in his thoughts of everything that had happened earlier in the day, he was suddenly approached by those who collected the tax for the upkeep of the Temple. Who pressured him to tell them if Jesus was trying to avoid paying His fair share of the Temple tax?

It boggles the mind to think with everything happening in the world that, one who is burdened with sickness, suffering, and death must also constantly have to figure out how to pay for those expenses that come unexpectedly.

If you are feeling stretched and overwhelmed, you are in good company. One of the tactics of Satan is to wear down the saints to the point that they become paralyzed by fear and despair and want to give up because they have been manipulated into believing there is no way out.

But, with God, there is always a way out. He freely gives His knowledge, wisdom, guidance, and strength to the weary. He never tires of giving His people what they need.
When you are at your lowest point, you can bank on this promise from the letter to the Hebrews. The author writes, “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:25).

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website:

In His Strong Love,

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