25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
What do you think when you read this parable? Do you only think ‘good for him’, is there more than that?
When you look at the past between the Jews and the Samaritans, you find that they did not get along. The Jews hated the Samaritans. In this parable, three people saw the injured man, but only one stopped to help. The first two, a priest and a Levite, would be expected to stop and help because of their role in the Jewish society. Instead of stopping to help, they passed by on the other side of the road. After that, a Samaritan came down the road and saw the injured man. Instead of passing by on the other side of the road like he would be expected to because of the feud between the Jews and the Samaritans, he stopped and helped the man. Using his own money, he put the injured man in an inn to heal. This Samaritan showed the love of Christ, which is unconditional love. He did not expect anything in return, but he did know the man needed his help.
Jesus Christ loves us in the same way. He came to earth, lived a perfect life, died after being beaten beyond recognition by being nailed to a cross and left to die, and rose to life again after three days in the grave. He did all that for us, even though we do not deserve His love. We need to be more like the Samaritan in this parable. We should follow Christ’s example and love, aid, and teach others no matter who they are, where they came from, or what they look like.