Which Kingdom?

Which Kingdom?

by Inspiration Ministries

"Jesus said to them, 'Pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.' And they were utterly amazed at Him." – Mark 12:17 NASB Julius Caesar transformed Rome. A brilliant military commander, he led armies to conquests, extending the territory of Roman rule. But even when fighting in Gaul (modern-day France), he kept his eyes on political realities in Rome. Finally in January of 49 BC, violating tradition and precedent, he led his forces into Italian territory. As a result, he inaugurated a civil war. After a campaign that included battles from Spain to Egypt, he became one of the rulers of the first triumvirate of Rome, ending the Roman republic. As he consolidated power, he began a series of reforms and planned additional campaigns to extend the empire. However, on this day in 44 BC, he was assassinated in Rome’s Senate House. Along his path to dominance, he had alienated too many people. In the end, even some of his closest friends joined in the conspiracy. Historians, politicians, and military leaders have long debated the impact of Caesar’s life. Were his efforts justified? Was his assassination justified? Jesus had a unique perspective on people like Caesar. They may clamor for power on earth, but the Kingdom of God is even more important. Many will spend their lives pursuing the riches, powers, and pleasures of this world. But others will seek God’s Kingdom and eternal rewards. Dedicate yourself to seeking the Kingdom that will last. In eternity, nothing else will matter. Prayer Father, I seek first Your Kingdom. I dedicate my time, talents, and treasures to You. Use me to reach others for Christ. In Jesus' name, amen. Extended Reading Mark 12