7. The Good Samaritan
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
(Only in Luke 10:25-37).
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The question this parable raises is, “Who is my neighbor?” We like to limit our responsibility, and our exposure, and any threat to us. And it is true, our world today is much more violent and criminal in nature than the world of Jesus’ day. Even in the 1960s my family used to take car trips and sleep by the side of the road. Doing this today you run the risk of being robbed or killed.
First, Jesus talks about a Priest and a Levite who would not help the man in need. They are both authorities and workers in the church. They are the ones seen as being honorable, with high character and a sense of responsibility. But they don’t respond to their ‘neighbor’ in need. They didn’t see him as such because he didn’t live next door to them. Thus he wasn’t a real ‘neighbor’ them by their definition.
Then there was the despised Samaritan. He did stop and help the man. Jesus speaks of having ‘eyes to see.’ We tend to not see others in need. We don’t have to take them home with us and put our family at risk, but we can help them in some way — give them money, or encourage them or pray for them. I’ve never encountered someone beat up and laying helpless before me, as the man in the parable was. But I do often see folks in need around me.
One thing the gospel does for us is
the fact that we see everyone as an equal.
There is nothing to separate us: age, sex, race,
position, education, title, or anything else.
A child in the gospel, who has reached the
age of reason, is equal to someone
who has warmed a pew for 50 years.
We are all ONE at the foot of the cross of Jesus.
We are all neighbors.
And Jesus himself is the Good Samaritan. He gave himself totally for our salvation. He says, “As you do it to the least of these, you do it unto me.” The gospel causes us to reach out to others in love, even as Jesus loves us (John 13:34, 15:9).
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.
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