Jesus Paid Taxes
While most of us hate taxes and believe the tax system is unfair, the Bible commands us to pay our taxes. In Romans, 13:5-7, Paul made it clear that it is necessary to submit to authorities, not because of possible punishment, but also because of conscience. If you owe taxes, you pay taxes. What many people don’t realize is that Jesus paid taxes during His time on Earth. In the Gospel of Matthew, when the tax collectors came to Peter in Capernaum and asked Him if His teacher pays the temple tax, he replied, “Yes, He does.” There was also another account told in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke when the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus in His words, and find a reason to accuse Him. Jesus, knowing of their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought him a denarius, and He asked them, ‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then He said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left and went away” (Matthew 22:18-22). The Gospels leave no doubt that Jesus taught His followers not only in words, but by example, to give to the government any taxes that are owed.