Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's, and give to God that which is God's.It's the answer with which Jesus outsmarted those trying to trap him. But is that really all he was trying to do? Outsmarting us sinners, so blinded by our own self-centered natures, is not a very difficult thing to do. I imagine we're very much missing Jesus' point. Every sermon I've ever heard on this subject, every time I've ever heard it quoted, was about giving to Caesar that which is Caesar's. But what about giving to God that which is God's? Jesus did more than try to side-step a trap; he also tried to open our eyes. It was a short exchange between Jesus and those trying to trap him:
"Is it lawful to pay taxes?" they asked him.What has Caesar's name on it and Caesar's image? The coin. When it was made, it was stamped with his name and image. Give it back to Caesar. It's his doing anyway; it's only fitting that we give it back to him.
"Show me the coin for paying the taxes," he said to those trying to trap him. "Whose name is on it, and whose image?"
"Caesar's," they replied.
"Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's, and give to God that which is God's."
What has God's name on it and God's image? We do. We have God's name on us. We are made in God's image. The thing that has God's name and God's image, the thing that's supposed to be given back to God -- that's us.