Stamping faces on currency was once an indication of who the money belongs to in the end. Caesar’s face was on the coin because it was his coin in the first place. Jesus never needed His face on currency because His kingdom isn’t of this world and His currency isn’t tangible. Jesus’ currency is love. In one brilliant statement in verse 21, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, honored earthly authorities, and, most of all, reminded everyone that our highest calling is to invest in God’s Kingdom with our love.
Matthew 22:15-22 NIV
Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing 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 image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
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