The good Samaritan

The story of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37

Divide your group into two sections.

One section will shout, "Let's hope he did!"

The other section will shout, "I bet he didn't!"

 

One day a man asked Jesus, "Teacher, what must I do to get into heaven?"

Jesus said to the man, "What is written in the Bible?"

The man answerd, "You shall 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 you should love your neighbour as much as you love yourself."

Jesus said to the man, "You have answered really well.  Do all that, and you will go to heaven!"

The man then asked Jesus, "Jesus, who is my neighbour?"

Jesus answered by telling a story.  And this is the story:

"A man went on a journey from a town called Jerusalem to a town called Jericho.  On the way to Jericho, the man was robbed.  The robbers beat the man, stripped off his clothes, took his money, and ran away.  The man was so badly hurt that he lay in the road - he could not move at all.   The man was almost dead.

A little while later, a Vicar came along the road where the man lay dying.  But did the vicar help the man?

Group 1: - "Let's hope he did!"

Group 2: - "I bet he didn't!"

The Vicar did not help the man at all. The Vicar just walked by and left the man still in pain all alone on the road.

Next another important priest came along the road.  Surely he would help the dying man?

Group 1: - "Let's hope he did!"

Group 2: - "I bet he didn't!"

But this priest, crossed over to the other side of the road, and left the man still in pain all alone on the road.

Then another man came long riding on a donkey.  This man was a Samaritan.  Samaritans and Jews hated each other.  The dying man was a Jew and the man on the donkey was a Samaritan.  Did the Samaritan help the dying man?

Group 1: - "Let's hope he did!"

Group 2: - "I bet he didn't!"

The Samaritan did help the dying man. He put medicine into the man's wounds, put him on his donkey, and took him to an inn - a hotel.  The Samaritan even paid the hotel bill for the man! "

At the end of the story, Jesus then asked, "Which of the three people, do you think, was a real neighbour to the dying man?"

They replied, "The Samaritan was a real neighbour"

Jesus said, "Then you go and treat people in the same way that the Samaritan treated the man who was robbed."