The Story of Jesus

The Good Samaritan

A lawyer came to Jesus and asked a question to trick him. He said, "Master, what shall I do to have eternal life?"

Jesus understood how well this man knew the Law of Moses. Instead of answering the question, he asked the lawyer, "What is written in the Law of Moses? Do you not know its teachings?"

The lawyer replied, "Moses wrote that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all our mind. And he wrote that we should love our neighbors as ourselves."

"You have answered right," Jesus said. "Do this and you shall have life in heaven." But the lawyer had another question. He asked, "Who is my neighbor?"

To answer him Jesus told the story about the Good Samaritan. This is the story:

"One day a man traveled the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stopped him. They took his money, tore off his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead by the roadside.

"Soon a priest came along. He saw the injured man lying there, but he did not stop to help. He did not even say a kind word to the poor man.

Next a Levite came by. He, too, saw the wounded man lying by the road, but he did not give him a second look. He hurried on, leaving the poor man to die.

"Perhaps the man would have died if a kindhearted Samaritan had not come along. The Samaritan saw the suffering man lying there. At once he stopped his mule, climbed down, and bent over the stranger. The wounded man was a Jew. Even though the Jews were not friendly to his people the Samaritan felt he must help this Jew who was in great trouble.

"First he poured oil on the man's wounds and bandaged them. Then lifting the man to his mule, the Samaritan took him to an inn. Here he cared for the wounded man.

"On the next day the Samaritan had to continue his journey. To the innkeeper he gave money and explained, 'Take care of this man until he is well. If you need more money, I will pay it when I come back.'

"Now," asked Jesus, "which of these three men was a neighbor to the one who was attacked by robbers?"

"The man who treated him kindly," answered the lawyer.

And Jesus said, "Go, and do the same."

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