Summary: The challenge of Christ is to have a passion for people. We can learn how to do this from the story of the Good Samaritan.
1. Lesson Intro
a. Can you name some famous neighbors
i. Tim “Tool Man” Taylor – Wilson
ii. Ricky and Lucy Ricardo – Fred and Ethel Mertz
iii. Daren & Samantha Stevens – Abner ad Gladys Kravitz
iv. jerry Seinfeld – kosmo Kramer
b. Scripture calls us to be good neighbors, but what does that mean..
a. (Lk 10:25) " On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”"
b. (Lk 10:27) "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’ (Deut 6:4,5)
i. Part of the shema, repeated twice daily by pious Jews from ancient times even to today.
c. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Lev 19:18)
3. Who is my neighbor?
a. The lawyer asked this question to try to justify himself.
i. Certain people are my neighbors and others are not.
ii. Certain people deserve my love and others do not.
b. But Jesus responded to this question with a story
a. Journey from Jerusalem to Jericho
i. 20 miles of mountainous, rocky trails descending 3000 feet from the hills of Jerusalem to the Dead Sea
ii. Isolated, barren and unprotected territory where bands of robbers roamed and terrorized travelers.
iii. This traveler was acousted on the road and was left clinging to life.
b. Two witnesses
i. A priest and a levite both came along and passed on the other side of this man
1. Many have questioned why they did this
a. Were they in a hurry?
b. Were they concerned about becoming unclean before their temple service?
2. The bottom line was that theses two religious leaders failed at this important spiritual test.
c. The Samaritan
i. A Samaritan passed by as well.
ii. The Jews had a very contentious relationship with the Samaritans.
iii. Each ethnic group through the worse of the other there was no anticipation that this Samaritan would do anything good for this dying Jew.
iv. But Jesus spends more time talking about the actions of this Samaritan than he did about the priest and levite together.
v. We can learn how to love our neighbors from the actions of this Samaritan.
d. heart of compassion
i. (Lk 10:33) "But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him."
ii. Word origin - To suffer with
iii. Frederick Buechner "Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too."-
e. A heart of friendship
i. (Lk 10:34) "He went to him. . .”
ii. (Lk 10:31) "A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side."
iii. Some years ago two Princeton University psychologists, John Darley and Daniel Batson, decided to conduct a study inspired by the biblical story of the Good Samaritan. The only thing that really mattered was whether the student was in a rush. Of the group that was in a rush, 10 percent stopped to help. Of the group that had time to spare, 63 percent stopped. (The Tipping Point)