Paul Thigpen tells the story of his wife reading to her two-year-old son, Elijah, asleep. She was reading Jesus the story of the good samaritan. She came to a place where an expert in the law faced Jesus with a question. The lawyer asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
At that time, little Elijah spoke up with what he thought was the answer: "I know, Mr. Rogers!"
I grew up Mr. Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood and many of you probably also. The value and the lessons we learned through this program helped us shape ourselves as we are today. Jesus Christ sometimes encourages us through programs such as Rogers show. But the focus that Jesus uses to encourage us is love. Jesus always encourages love in love.
Let's look at other homosexuality. For some of you, this will be a visit to one of your favorite stories. For others, it may be the first visit. Jesus says this story in Luke's book. The story is as follows. There was a man who walked on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. This is a very dangerous road and robbers ran the man. They not only took their money, they unmercifully beat him up. His body was marked and bloody. His clothes were a riot. The robbers let the man lie on the edge of the road.
A time had passed when a Jewish priest walked on the road. He saw the poor man but decided to walk on the other side of the road and leave him there. Next came a Levite, and went up and looked at the injured man. After looking at the man, he decided he did not want to bother him, but he also walked on the other side of the road. A little while later Samaritan came to walk on the road. Now you need to understand that the Jews hated Samaritans. The Samaritans were only part of the Jews, and the Jews did not accept them. So what this Samaritan was doing was very unacceptable. He saw the blood blind. His heart went out to him. You see, it does not matter if the man was different from race or religion. It does not matter if they have something in common or not. All that matters was that he helped this man. The Samaritan was encouraged by love. The Samaritan poured olive oil and wine on a man's wound and then took him to a guest house where he healed him back to health.
The following day, Samaritan grants money to the gist center, saying, "Take care of this man."
Jesus encourages us in love. We love our neighbors like ourselves. To live our lives like the good Samaritan. living is everywhere!