HE HAS PASSED THE TEST; STOP TESTING HIM!
13 Then they sent to him some from the Pharisees and some from the Herodians, hoping to catch him in a mistake in what he said. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are genuine, and give special preference to no one; because you do not regard men with partiality, but teach the way of God on the basis of truth. Is it proper to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But because he knew that they were just putting on an outward show, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius so I can see it.” 16 And they brought one. Then he said to them, “Whose image is this, and whose title?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are the Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly astounded at him.
Jesus questioned his questioners because what they said about him did not match the attitude they were displaying toward him. They said they knew he was genuine, so why keep testing him?
If you and I want to know if Jesus is who he says he is, all we have to do is look in the God-given recorded message about him in scripture. There’s no need for us to keep asking him to prove himself to us. At some point, testing becomes an insult, and this generation of Christians are coming dangerously close to that. There’s no doubt that Jesus can answer all our questions. Look how easy it was for him to put these questioners in their place. There’s also no doubt that Jesus can perform miracles. The Gospels are full of them. But if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, but after years of professing him, you are still testing him, there’s a problem.
LORD, give us the courage and wisdom to stop testing, and keep trusting.