Luke 20

1One day Jesus was in the temple area. He was teaching the people. Jesus told the people the Good News ˻about the kingdom of God˼. The leading priests, teachers of the law, and older Jewish leaders came to talk to Jesus. 2They said, “Tell us! What authority do you have to do these things? Who gave you this authority?” 3Jesus answered, “I will ask you a question too. Tell me: 4When John baptized people, did that come from God or was it only from other people?” 5The priests, the teachers of the law, and the Jewish leaders all talked about this. They said to each other, “If we answer, 'John’s baptism was from God,’ then he will say, 'Then why did you not believe John?’ 6But if we say that John’s baptism was from someone else, ˻not God,˼ then all the people will kill us with rocks. They will kill us because they believe that John was a prophet.” 7So they answered, “We don’t know the answer.” 8So Jesus said to them, “Then I will not tell you what authority I use to do these things!” 9Then Jesus told the people this story: “A man planted a vineyard. The man leased the land to some farmers. Then he went away for a long time. 10Later, it was time for the grapes to be picked. So the man sent a servant to those farmers so that they would give him his share of the grapes. But the farmers beat the servant and sent him away with nothing. 11So the man sent another servant. The farmers beat this servant too. They showed no respect for him. The farmers sent the servant away with nothing. 12So the man sent a third servant to the farmers. The farmers hurt this servant badly and threw him out. 13The owner of the vineyard said, 'What will I do now? I will send my son. I love my son very much. Maybe the farmers will respect my son!’ 14When the farmers saw the son, they said to each other, 'This is the owner’s son. This vineyard will be his. If we kill him, then it will be ours!’ 15So the farmers threw the son out of the vineyard and killed him. “What will the owner of the vineyard do? 16He will come and kill those farmers! Then he will lease the land to some other farmers.” The people heard this story. They said, “No! This should never happen!” 17But Jesus looked into their eyes and said, “Then what does this verse mean: 'The stone that the builders did not want became the cornerstone’? 18Every person that falls on that stone will be broken. If that stone falls on you, it will crush you!” 19The teachers of the law and the leading priests heard this story that Jesus told. They knew this story was about them. So they wanted to arrest Jesus at that time. But they were afraid of what the people would do. 20So the Jewish leaders waited for the right time to get Jesus. They sent some men to Jesus. They told these men to act like they were good men. They wanted to find something wrong with the things Jesus said. (If they found something wrong, then they could give Jesus to the governor, who had power and authority ˻over him˼.) 21So the men asked Jesus, “Teacher, we know that what you say and teach is true. It doesn’t matter who is listening—you teach the same to all people. You always teach the truth about God’s way. 22Tell us, is it right that we should pay taxes to Caesar? Yes or No?” 23But Jesus knew that these men were trying to trick him. Jesus said to them, 24”Show me a coin. Whose name is on the coin? And whose picture is on it?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25Jesus said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. And give to God the things that are God’s.” 26The men were amazed at his wise answer. They could say nothing. The men were not able to trick Jesus before the people. Jesus said nothing they could use against him. 27Some Sadducees came to Jesus. (Sadducees believe that people will not rise from death.) They asked Jesus, 28”Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and had no children, then his brother must marry the woman. Then they will have children for the dead brother. 29One time there were seven brothers. The first brother married a woman, but died. He had no children. 30Then the second brother married the woman, and he died. 31And the third brother married the woman, and he died. The same thing happened with all the other brothers. They all died and had no children. 32The woman was the last to die. 33But all seven brothers married her. So when people rise from death, whose wife will this woman be?” 34Jesus said to the Sadducees, “On earth, people marry each other. 35Some people will be worthy to be raised from death and live again after this life. In that life they will not marry. 36In that life people are like angels and cannot die. They are children of God, because they have been raised from death. 37Moses clearly showed that people are raised from death. When Moses wrote about the burning bush, he said that the Lord is 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38˻If God said he is their God, then˼ these men are not really dead. He is God only of living people. All people that belong to God are alive.” 39Some of the teachers of the law said, “Teacher, your answer was very good.” 40No person was brave enough to ask him another question. 41Then Jesus said, “Why do people say that the Christ is the Son of David? 42In the book of Psalms, David himself says: 'The Lord ˻(God)˼ said to my Lord ˻(Christ)˼: Sit by me at my right side, 43and I will put your enemies under your power.’ 44David calls the Christ 'Lord.’ But the Christ is also the son of David. How can both these things be true?” 45All the people listened to Jesus. Jesus said to his followers, 46”Be careful of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around wearing clothes that look important. And they love for people to show respect to them in the market places. They love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And they love to get the most important seats at the feasts. 47But they are mean to widows and steal their homes. Then they try to make themselves look good by saying long prayers. God will punish these people very much.” )

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