Summary: This sermon is based on the Good Samaritan. It also uses the story of Mt. Everest climbers on their way to the top who pass by dying climbers.

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Climbing to the Top

Luke 10:25-37

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

26He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" 27So he answered and said, "’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ’your neighbor as yourself.’ "

28And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."

29But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

30Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

34So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ’Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

36So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"

37And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

There are many people trying to climb the ladder of success.

Their goal is to achieve some level of success.

Along the way, they focus only on themselves!

While making their climb, they ignore the needs of others.

Have you ever heard of Mt. Everest?

Standing 29, 035 feet above sea level,

it is the tallest mountain the world.

Thousands of people have climbed that mountain.

Today, I’d like to share some of their stories with you.

A British mountain climber, 34-year-old David Sharp, died apparently of oxygen deficiency while descending from the summit of Mt. Everest during a solo climb May 15, 2006. New Zealander Mark Inglis, who became the first double amputee to reach the mountain’s summit on prosthetic legs, told Television New Zealand that his party stopped during its May 15, 2006 summit push and found Sharp close to death. Several parties reported seeing Sharp in varying states of health and working on his oxygen equipment on the day of his death. Inglis said Sharp had no oxygen when he was found. He said there was virtually no hope that Sharp could have been carried to safety from his position about 1,000 feet short of the 29,035-foot summit, inside the low-oxygen "death zone" of the mountain straddling the Nepal-China border. His own party was able to render only limited assistance and had to put the safety of its own members first, Inglis said. "I walked past David but only because there were far more experienced and effective people than myself to help him," Inglis said. "It was a phenomenally extreme environment; it was an incredibly cold day." The temperature was minus 100 at 7 a.m. on the summit, he said.

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