Luke 10:25-37   The Parable of the Good Samarian

I showed how the expert in the law asks a question we would like the answer to “What do I have to do to get into heaven?” and how Jesus moves the conversation from “Doing” to “Being” in a parable story where he shocks his listener by not putting him in the story where he expected to be, and instead put in a punch-line spiritually misguided Samaritan who feels compassion and acts on it, not using the law as an excuse not to help. My key teaching was that the expert in the law is unable and/or unwilling to acknowledge he is the half-dead helpless one in the story who need the help of the saviour standing in front of him, a saviour his own people called “A Samaritan and Demon Possessed” because the truth he taught was a threat to their carefully constructed religious system by which they thought they could earn a spot in Heaven. We all need to recognize our inability to save ourselves and allow Jesus to “neighbour” us first, before we can love our neighbour as ourselves.

John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and lived among us”

What I tried to convey is that I believe the Word of God is to be accessible, not distant, and that is one of the reasons I don’t stay behind the barrier of a far away pulpit too well.

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