5. The Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37
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It was a parable, a tale of fiction. It never happened, and yet it happens all the time.
When asked by a teacher of the law what he must do to be saved, Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law?”
The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
His answer highlighted the command to love. “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But the religious leader wanted a pat on the back, so he asked, “And who is my neighbor?”
He didn’t really want to know. So, Jesus told him a timeless story.
A man is robbed, stripped of his clothes, beaten unconscious, and left for dead. First a priest and then a Levite passed by, both moving to the other side of the road. They were too busy doing the Lord’s work to be bothered by this unfortunate soul.
But a lowly Samaritan, a mutt of a man, took pity on the victim. He bandaged his wounds, put him on his donkey, took him to an inn, and foot the bill.
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?” Jesus asked.
“The one who had mercy on him,” the lawyer replied.
“Go and do likewise,” Jesus challenged the religious leader.
He challenges all of us to love those who our culture says we should hate.
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