Post date: Apr 27, 2010 3:47:57 PM
Jesus shares a story in the middle of the Gospel Luke. It appears Jesus really liked stories. This one includes a man who has been beaten and left for dead. In the typical Jewish story telling form, three characters enter the scene. Yet, Jesus adds a twist. The third character, the hero of the story, is not Jewish. In fact, the hero of the story is a Samaritan. We know very well that Jews did not like Samaritans.
Prior to the arrival of the Samaritan, two Jewish religious figures ignored the injured man. The Samaritan arrives and shows an overwhelming amount of hospitality. The Samaritan bandages the man's wounds, most likely with the shirt off his back. He puts the injured man on his own donkey and takes him to an inn. At the inn he pulls out two silver coins to cover expenses and promises to reimburse the innkeeper for any added charges.
Jesus concludes this story by stating, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:37)
Jesus instructs these Jewish men to be like this Samaritan!
Whether or not these men walked away with the desire to be like the Good Samaritan is unknown. Yet, we do know there was a lesson learned that day. These men originally approached Jesus in order pose a trick question. They left this experience learning that God is much bigger than they ever imagined.
What is Jesus teaching you? When was the last time Jesus opened your eyes? The more time you spend with Jesus, the more lessons learned.