Good Samaritan Parable Resources
Free online resources based on the Good Samaritan, a parable of Jesus. This story can be found in the Bible in the book of Luke. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this parable.
But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him], And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him. — Luke 10:33-34 <AMP>
Good Samaritan Parable - Summary
One of the more popular parables told by Jesus is the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus was challenged by a lawyer to explain the most important commandment. Immediately, Jesus turned the question back on the lawyer to expose his real motive by asking him to provide his view. The lawyer quoted the law of Moses, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus commended the lawyer for his answer. But the lawyer was determined to qualify who exactly was his neighbor. In response, Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The parable begins with a man falling prey to thieves on his way from Jerusalem down to Jericho. They left him half dead. Two religious leaders pass by without helping. The third person, a despised Samaritan, treats the victim’s wounds, places him on his animal and carries him to an inn. In a final act of compassion, he promises to pay for any expenses the innkeeper incurs until the Samaritan returns.
The simple lesson of the parable is that you should care for the needs of anyone regardless of race, religion or other divisions created by man as the Samaritan had. Love fulfills the entire law. And when you show compassion for others, we are following the example of Jesus, taking his place on earth until he returns.
The deeper lesson can be found in the lawyer’s question. He had wanted to justify himself, or prove he was worthy of eternal life. But this is not possible without Christ (the Samaritan who heals us and saves us). Without a new heart, recreated and filled with the love of Christ, you can never fully love your neighbor as Christ loves you.
This parable is rich with revelation and worthy of much meditation.
“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
“The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.” — Luke 10:36-37 <HCSB>
Read the Good Samaritan story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Good Samaritan Parable – Luke 10:17-37 – Note verse 21 that is just before the discussion with the lawyer.
Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about the Good Samaritan Parable.
Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations of the Good Samaritan Story
The Good Samaritan – Short version of the parable in modern language
Children’s Stories – Original Fiction Based on the Good Samaritan Parable
The Good Samaritan – A modern story for kids along with a retelling of the parable
Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music, Plays & Poetry for the Good Samaritan Story
The Good Samaritan – Crafts, activities and teacher helps for the parable
The Good Samaritan – The first of six coloring pages based on the Luke 10:25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Coloring page of the Samaritan helping the injured man
The Good Samaritan – Another image to color of the Samaritan helping the injured man
The Good Samaritan – Coloring page and activity pages for Luke 10:25-37
Good Samaritan Song – Sung to the tune “The Farmer in the Dell”.
The Good Samaritan – Sung to the tune “Is Thy Heart Right With God?”
The Parable of the Caring American – A modern day adaptation of the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Spilt Milk – An updated version of the Parable of the Good Samaritan in skit format
The Good Samaritan – A poem by Glenn Pease
Children’s Sermons & Lessons on the Good Samaritan Parable
The Kind Man – Lesson ideas for the Good Samaritan parable
The Parable of Good Samaritan – Discussion questions, comments and a rap
The Good Samaritan – Ideas for teaching the parable
The Good Samaritan Lesson Ideas – Preschool Sunday School Bible Stories and Activities including on using candy
Parable of The Good Samaritan (Love Your Neighbor) – Sunday School lesson from Luke 10:25-27
A Neighbor’s a Neighbor! – Includes links to activity pages for the Good Samaritan parable
The Good Samaritan – Power point slides to illustrate the parable
The Good Samaritan – A kids Sunday school lesson on the Good Samaritan for ages 9-11
The Parable of the Good Samaritan – A lengthy sample lesson from A Heart For Missions – big file for those with slower connection speeds.
Samaritan Neighbor – A sermon that teaches about racial equality
Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About the Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan – More resources on the Good Samaritan
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) – Commentary on the parable
The Good Samaritan – Commentary on the classic parable
Jericho Road (The Good Samaritan) – A sermon by Pastor Edward F. Markquart
The Good Samaritan – Another brief take on the parable
The Good Samaritan – One of the better summaries of the deeper point of the parable – We need Christ (the Good Samaritan) no matter how good we are for our salvation.
Parable of the Good Samaritan – Secular view of the Good Samaritan parable
Samaritan – Secular history of the Samaritans
The Road to Jericho – Includes information on how the parable has influenced secular works.
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Suggested Search Terms: Gospel of Luke, Parables for Kids, Jerusalem to Jericho road, Luke 10