What the Gospels say
1. Violence on the road to Jericho. Read the blue text
2. The priest and the Levite pass by. Read the green text
3. The Samaritan takes pity on the beaten man. Read the red text
4. Mercy. Read the black text
Verses 31,32,33 are about seeing; verses 25, 28, 37, 38 are about doing.
Luke 10: 29-37 29
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, 34 and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbour to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
I’m only human…
The man is reduced, in an isolated place, to a desperate situation. Naked, beaten up, abandoned, half dead. In the same situation, driving along a lonely dangerous road, seeing what looked like a dead body – what would you do? Isn’t what the priest and the Levite do understandable? Discuss.
The Kingdom is now
What difference has being a Christian made to your life? Make a list of ways it has changed you. Are you happy with that list, or is there something more you could be doing? Spend some time thinking about this.