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The Jesus Code

Chapter 37 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.


This week’s question: “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10.29).

The author retells the well-known story of the “Good Samaritan” in a way that reminds us of its importance in our daily lives.

Jesus told this story in response to the question we are considering this week, “Who is my neighbor?” The author begins:

With the fast pace of life today, many of us would be hard-pressed to even know the names of those who live next door. Gone are the days when we shouted across the white picket fence to borrow a cup of sugar. It is not just difficult; it is virtually impossible to love our neighbors as Christ commanded when we don’t even know their names.

Yet Jesus is challenging us to get out of our comfort zones, to put our busyness on the back burner, to stop and be like the man we call the “good” Samaritan. Interestingly, as Hawkins points out, Jesus never calls him “good.” Instead, He merely called him “a certain man.”

We tend to think that what this Samaritan did was somehow “good,” “special,” and “out of the ordinary,” but it should characterize the life of every believer.

What did this Samaritan do that we should emulate? Continue reading