Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Today is the first Sunday in Lent. The next six weeks are a time for Christians to reflect on the life of Christ as He journeyed to the cross. I like to write around a central theme during Lent, but it snuck up on me this year, so I am scrabbling today.

For several years, I’ve wanted to write about the Parables of Jesus. They are such beautiful stories which Jesus used to illustrate a point. Besides just sharing these parables here, I also had always hoped to examine them and bring them into a modern light. Unfortunately, my schedule the next six weeks isn’t going to allow me to do that. I hate to be a slacker, but for now I am simply going to share some of my favorites with you.

 Enjoy. Oh, and my pictures might not have much to do with the story; I just picked out some of my prettiest flower scenes from over the years. 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10 (New Century Version Bible)

25 Then an expert on the law stood up to test Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to get life forever?”

26 Jesus said, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”

27 The man answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. Also love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

28 Jesus said to him, “Your answer is right. Do this and you will live.”

29 But the man, wanting to show the importance of his question, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus answered, “As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, some robbers attacked him. They tore off his clothes, beat him, and left him lying there, almost dead. 31 It happened that a priest was going down that road. When he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. 32 Next, a Levite came there, and after he went over and looked at the man, he walked by on the other side of the road. 33 Then a Samaritan traveling down the road came to where the hurt man was. When he saw the man, he felt very sorry for him. 34 The Samaritan went to him, poured olive oil and wine on his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he put the hurt man on his own donkey and took him to an inn where he cared for him. 35 The next day, the Samaritan brought out two coins, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of this man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’”

36 Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by the robbers?”

37 The expert on the law answered, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Are you the good Samaritan? 

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