Go and do the same

A lawyer asked a medical examiner, “Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?” The medical examiner smiled and said, “All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.”

There are all kinds of attorneys, aren’t there? There are good ones, inept ones, experienced, inexperienced. It’s just like every other work in life, isn’t it?

A lawyer asked Jesus a question one day: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, in Luke chapter 10, simply asked him what the law said. The expert in the law quoted the Shema which instructed one to love God with all one’s heart, soul, mind and strength and to love one’s neighbor. This scribe answered the question correctly. Jesus said he did.

Then the lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answer was “The Parable of the Good Samaritan.” There were four men in the parable: there was a traveler, a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan.

The traveler was robbed and beaten, a usual occurrence on the narrow road between Jericho and Jerusalem. Both the priest and the Levite passed the wounded traveler, a considerable feat on that road. The Samaritan was the one who helped.

Jesus asked the lawyer who was neighbor to the wounded traveler. Give the lawyer some credit; he admitted the Samaritan was. Jesus told him to go and do the same.

We live in a world of apathy and fear. So many people, even religious people, would pass on the other side of a wounded traveler. Television is filled with stories of those who feign injury to hurt someone. Too many people pass by on the other side.

If we would be Jesus’ disciples (Luke chapter nine) we must be willing to do good things as did Jesus. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). If we are Jesus’ disciples, then we will serve God and others as Jesus did. So, go and do the same.


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