"Who's My Neighbor?"

"On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He 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.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:25-37

You've probably read the story of the Good Samaritan before or maybe heard before in Sunday school. Everyone tells you to be like the Good Samaritan and leaves it at that. But this story is much more than that. The parable has a lot of points to it. One being that the Good Samaritan was the Christ-figure in this story. And then there is two, the one I am about to talk about.

"And who is my neighbor?" (vs. 29) The religious leader wanted to know who his neighbor is. Why? Because if you refer back to the verses before he wanted to know how to get to Heaven. And he wanted to know how much he really had to love. So Jesus gave him the parable of the Good Samaritan to show him how far he is to love. And I was thinking how sometimes you and me can be like that, wondering how long we have to love and who. We take on an attitude of "do I really have to love him or her?" And the answer is YES. Through Jesus' ministry He showed us that love is how people will know if you are a follower of Jesus or not.

We see that a Levite and a priest see the man on the side of the rode and walk on by. Leaving him there to die. However the Samaritan came by, crossed the road, had compassion for the man and took care of him. He loved with all his heart. First he loved God and second he loved people. I want to ask you, who will you be? Will you be the priest or the Levite who walks passed everyone because you don't want to love so and so? Or will you be the Samaritan who regardless of who the person is, loves like it's Jesus?

To sum it up, Jesus was teaching that it's not about who is your neighbor, it's about who is A neighbor. Something that you and me can learn a good bit about. So what is it? Are you gonna be a neighbor or a Levite?


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