Good Samaritan

Quite possibly the best-known parable or teaching of Jesus is the story of the good Samaritan. Likely we’ve all heard verses 30-35 “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,” and so on. The story is so well known there are dozens of Hospitals and nursing facilities in the US named after the Good Samaritan. Who knows how many sermons have been preached about it over the years, in fact just searching the phrase “Sermon on the Good Samaritan” returns over half a million results. I would guess however that most don’t really know the whole account. For example, at this point in Luke’s gospel, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and the cross. Simply helping people who are broken down by the side of the road—is not the full picture. There’s something more going on in the account than this.

It’s about what I have in my hand, whether it’s money or talent or encouragement or a shoulder to cry on, what I have in my possession that will help another person. It’s about those times in our lives when God intends for us to be the healer, the helper, and maybe even the hero. In all of human literature, there few better illustrations of what it means to have Christlike concern for another than the story Jesus told about the Good Samaritan. In this parable, we meet individuals who are confronted with a responsibility. How they respond will help to inform us of our strengths and our weaknesses along the way.

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