Jesus the story maker
Reading: Luke 9: 51-56, Luke 10:25-37
Additional reading: Luke 6: 27-39, Matthew 5:38-48, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18: 23-35
Blanks: heaven, messengers, Jerusalem, Love, Love, Samaritan, reimburse, neighbor
Today, we are going to have a look at Jesus as the storyteller.
When there is an educational moment arises, Jesus likes to make a story to teach people.
(1) So, here is an example.
The situation was like this.
There were two groups of people: Jewish people and Samaritan people.
They were very similar.
But then they also had differences.
Who are Samaritans?
They were like half Jewish.
(2) But they worshiped God in Mount Gerizim, while Jewish people worshipped God in Mount Jerusalem.
They insisted that they need to worship in their mountain.
So, the Jewish people didn’t like Samaritan.
The Jews were saying that the Samaritans changed the bible to make people worship in their mountain.
Samaritans were saying that Jewish people were practicing their religion in a wrong way.
Both insisted on their way.
Both didn’t like to hang out with each other.
Both avoided each other.
They feared that their children might assimilate with each other.
So, they refused to even eat with each other.
The Samaritans also knew that the Messiah was coming.
Then, the Samaritans also heard about Jesus.
But then at this time, they were reluctant to show any respect to Jesus, because Jesus was Jewish.
(1) Then one day, Jesus asked them whether he could pass through their village, because then he could go to Jerusalem faster.
But when they learned that Jesus was going to Jerusalem, they said no.
They refused to help Jesus to go to Jerusalem faster.
Jesus knew that the Samaritans might act like this.
So, Jesus was fine.
(2) But when his two Jewish students, James and John heard this, they were upset and even angry.
So, they said something like this:
“Lord Jesus, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?
We need to show them our power.
They need to know that we believe in something right and they believe in something wrong.”
(Smile) James and John thought that Samaritans were worthless.
And they wanted to destroy them.
Jesus also guessed that his students might act like this, too.
But, Jesus has been teaching them not to think like that.
Jesus taught them to turn the other cheek.
Jesus taught them to love their enemies.
They were not supposed to act out of anger.
So, Jesus rebuked them right away.
Then, Jesus simply walked away from this situation.
Then Jesus found another path to Jerusalem.
His students were watching him walking away.
Then following Jesus walking away, they learned about what was like to follow this Jesus. (몸으로 배우기)
They learned that if they wanted to follow Jesus, they needed to be gentle, and patient.
This patience and gentleness might look silly and be seen as weakness.
But this is how they could follow Jesus.
(1) After this incident, Jesus passed by these Samaritan villages, from time to time.
As he passed by their villages, Jesus prayed for them.
Jesus knew that God loves Samaritans and forgave them.
So, Jesus didn’t want to judge them or condemn them.
Jesus loves the Samaritans and wants to show somehow that God truly loves them, too.
Then thinking of these Samaritans, Jesus made up a story.
It is called the story of the Good Samaritan.
Jesus told this story to Jewish people.
(1) The story goes like this.
There were robbers who attached one Jewish man.
They beat him, took his clothes, and left him half dead.
(2) This Jewish man was in need of a help.
He was unconscious and badly hurt.
But two Jewish men were just passing him by.
They were both religious leaders at that time.
But they passed by on the other side.
(2) Then one Samaritan man came.
He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds.
(3) Then he put the man on his donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
(4) In the morning, he took out two silver coins and gave to the innkeeper, saying:
“Take good care of him.
If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.”
That was the end of the story.
Jesus knew that this story might make his students feel uncomfortable, because he was making a Samaritan a hero and because Jesus was asking his students to live like this Samaritan.
But telling this story Jesus was explaining his decision.
Jesus determined to love Samaritans.
Jesus determined to work for reconciliation and bring people into harmony.
Telling this story, Jesus was not asking his students to be doctrinally correct about the mountains in which they worship.
Jesus was asking them to show compassion and love.
Jesus was asking them to take care of each other.
Telling this story, Jesus is helping his students to imagine and think differently about each other.
They need to forgive and become good neighbors to one another.
Jesus is always living like this.
Jesus likes to help people to make friends with each other.
Jesus likes to bring reconciliation between God and people.
Jesus likes to works for reconciliation between individuals.
Jesus likes to do this, even if he had to lose his life for it.
So, we call Jesus the peacemaker.
And Jesus is encouraging us to bring people into harmony.
Jesus encourages us to bring God and people into harmony.
In order to do that, we need to be gentle, patient and humble.
Then, we can also follow this Jesus.
We can also follow this Jesus by making some simple stories like this so that we can help people to think like Jesus.
Let us pray:
Jesus, thank you for showing us how to follow you.
Thank you for showing that we don’t need to judge others.
Help us to live taking care of each other and making friends with one another.
In Jesus name, we pray.