Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus, the Teacher
Lesson Number: 2 of 4
Lesson Title: The Command to Love
Memory Verse: JOHN 15:12; My command is this; Love each other as I have loved you.
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ELEMENTARY LESSON: THE COMMAND TO LOVE: Theme: JESUS THE TEACHER
MEMORY VERSE: JOHN 15:12; My command is this; Love each other as I have loved you.
Luke 10:25- 37; A teacher of the Jewish law asked Jesus what to do to have eternal life. Jesus asked him what the law said about this. “Love God and your neighbors, he said. “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”“But who is my neighbor?” the teacher asked. Jesus answered by telling him this story:
A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, but some robbers stole his clothes and beat him up. They left him badly hurt by the side of the road. While he lay there, a Jewish priest came along. But instead of being kind to the hurt man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on, pretending that he didn’t see him. Next a temple worker came along, but when he saw the hurt man, he also went by without trying to help him.
Then a Samaritan came by. (The Jews hated the Samaritans, so it wouldn’t be surprising if this Samaritan had refused to help the wounded Jew.) But when the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for him. He pulled out his first-aid kit and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put the wounded man on his donkey, took him to a hospital, and paid the man’s bill.
“Which of these three men was a good neighbor to the hurt man?” Jesus asked. “The one who helped him,” the teacher replied. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”
Jesus meant that people who say they love God must show it by being kind to others.
Is there someone you know who needs a friend? How can you be a good neighbor or friend to that person?