Go and do likewise.

25 A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” 27 He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” 28 Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” 29 But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. 31 Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. 32 Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. 33 A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. 34 The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day, he took two full days’ worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.’ 36 What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?” 37 Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37, CEB)

“Go and do likewise.”

We spend a lot of time unpacking this story, how the priest and the Levite saw the person and didn’t help, but then the Samaritan who those Jesus was talking to would have not liked helped the person. We also say the Samaritan probably didn’t like the hurt man, but how do we know who the hurt man is. He is just someone who was in Jerusalem. Do we assume he is Jewish? He may not be. But the point of the story Jesus is telling really doesn’t depend on who the people are. That is Jesus’ whole point.

We are supposed to help others, to live for others. To give what we have for others.

“Go and do likewise.”

It is that simple. When we do for others, others will be doing for us and there is no need to worry. Plus when we do for others our cup will be refilled.

“Go and do likewise.”

Loving People. Loving God.

Published by asacredrebel

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