Happy Passover, Holy Week and Tax Day.
“Three times a year… all your males shall appear before God, in the place he will choose. They shall not appear before the Lord empty handed, but each with his own gift, accord to the blessing that the Lord, your God, has bestowed upon you.” – Deuteronomy, 16:16-17
Remember that Jesus was in Jerusalem for Passover because it is one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals on the Jewish calendar. Passover, Shavuot (getting the Torah at Sinai) and Sukkot (the festival of booths), were harvest festivals, the three times of sacrificing from your herds, flocks or fruits to God at the Temple.
Remember that the sacrifices which were brought to the Temple, besides being a “pleasant aroma for God,” fed the Priests and the Levites as well. The poor were fed from what you left behind in your field, and it wasn’t a tax deduction – just the thing you were commanded to do to feed those who could not feed themselves.
Taxes are sacrifices. They keep our government running, feed the poor, teach the children who would otherwise be unable to learn because they’d have to work in factories to help support their families.
God and Caesar each provide, and each require sacrifice to maintain the system. Render happily.