5/18/14: Modern Parables 2: The Good Samaritan
Steve Eshbaugh continued our video-based study of “Modern Parables” by teaching the familiar story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The film re-told Jesus’ story featuring an old man who had been mugged. A doctor (who is also a deacon in his church) dismisses the old man as a drunkard, telling his son “That’s what alcohol will do to you.” A youth minister stops and shows compassion, but takes no action. To the audience’s surprise, it is the Arab taxi driver — whom other characters view with suspicion throughout the movie — that washes the old man’s wounds and transports him to the hospital.
The film effectively stirred up the same emotions in our class that it would have stirred in the Savior’s original audience. What does it mean to love my neighbor as myself? It means sacrificial love…a lesson we can learn even from those who seem like enemies, and ultimately from the One who laid down his life for his friends.
The main point of the lesson was this: The more you experience the love of God personally (i.e. recognize your personal need for the gospel), the more you will express the love of God to others. May the glorious gospel flow into and through us more each day!
FOR DISCUSSION WITH PARENTS
- What does this parable teach us about love in the Kingdom of God?
- Jews found it very hard to love Samaritans (and vice versa). Is there anyone you find it hard to love?
- In light of how Jesus has shown his love for us, how are we going to show love for others?