Luke 10:30-37 – The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:30-37
30
 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

-When you hear someone mention the word “Samaritan” in this day and age, you no doubt bring to mind this story of a kind soul who gave of himself to help a complete stranger.  But did you know that in Jesus’ day, a Samaritan was looked at with disdain and was actively avoided by any self-respecting Jew.  This is the gift of the Lord- something that is worthless becomes valuable once touched by Jesus.  Someone that is ugly and wretched can be lifted up and made special when Jesus passes by.  It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done or what people think of you; once you’ve been visited by Jesus, He will decide how you are remembered for all eternity.

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