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And Who is My Neighbor?

Jesus often taught by asking questions.  He also told a good story as a teaching tool (the parables).  I chose the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of both.  This is also a message we need to hear today. It is clear, plain and needs no interpretation.  All we need to do is live it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

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. 32 So 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[e] 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.”  —Luke 10:25-37, New International Version, Accessed from Bible Gateway.com

 

Dig a Little Deeper:   

Who is your neighbor?

:) Introduction to the Beatitudes

Copyright 2017 by R. A. Robbins

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.”  — The Bible Matthew Chapter 5:1-2, New International Version, accessed via Bible Gateway.com.

Beginning today we will be considering that great teaching session of Jesus usually referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount.”  This sermon takes up three chapters of the book of Matthew (5, 6 and 7) and includes lots of good stuff.  This is where Jesus talks about being salt and light in the world, murder, oaths, “an eye for an eye,” giving to the needy, prayer, laying up treasures in heaven, judging others, ask, seek, knock, true and false prophets and disciples and much, much, more.

But this lengthy teaching begins with what we call The Beatitudes, that series of statements beginning with the words “blessed are.”  We will be going through these verse by verse, one per day.

 

Dig a Little Deeper:  As we read about these think about the people Jesus calls blessed — is it shocking?  How does it go against conventional wisdom or popular culture?

  

:) The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Here we are again at the beginning of the month of  December when we celebrate “Christmas.”  Are you one of the people who dread this time of year and just wish it would be over?  Do you feel like you are going through the motions of the season because you don’t want to let your family down or that you wouldn’t be a “good Christian” if you didn’t?  Are you tired of the great festival of greed and excess the holidays have become?   Have you noticed that instead of bringing us together, the divisions that separate us seem to grow even deeper during this season?  So what do we do?

Well I have a suggestion.  Let’s realize that the busyness and excess surrounding the holiday called “Christmas” are not part of the Christmas story or the message of Jesus.  Let’s take the myths and fables out of our celebrations.  And finally, let’s stop worshiping the baby in the manger and start following the life and teachings of Jesus, the way shower and master teacher.

This month we are going to be looking at the life and teachings of Jesus and how they apply to the lives of his followers in the world today.  My personal preference of translation of the Bible for my personal study is the King James version because I love the language, but I have chosen to use the New International Version (NIV) for this series because it is easier to read.

Each day’s post will end with an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the lesson, by considering a question or questions.  I encourage you to think about these, live with them for a while.  Journal about them or post your thoughts to the comments. Please get active in this discussion, we really want everyone to gain a real understanding of what it is we are celebrating during this holiday season.

Yes, this may be challenging, but it will be life-changing if you allow it.  Please join us in this great adventure into the life of Jesus.

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Dig a Little Deeper:

During the month of December Christians celebrate light and Jesus. 

Why? 

How do our celebrations reflect the light and life of Jesus?