Sample Essay on Jesus different Teaching Approaches to pass the Gospel

Week 8

The New Testament illustrates Jesus’ utilization of different teaching approaches to pass the gospel to His audience. Jesus told his disciples and audience numerous parables to enlighten them about the kingdom of God. During his time, Jesus was also considered a famous teacher of the word of God, as he used relatable examples and had an open relationship with people. His character was different from that of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes who considered themselves righteous and holier than the rest of the people. The parable can be obtained from three of the Gospels in the New Testament, which includes the book of Luke 10: 25-37, Matthew 5: 43-48, and Mark 12: 28-34.

Objective

Jesus told his disciples and audience this parable to help them understand Gog’s intention for their lives. The parable aims to educate people about the importance of loving their neighbors as they love themselves (Barton, 2007). It also addresses issues related to the importance of identifying people in need and assisting them regardless of racial, cultural, or social differences. The aim of the parable can also be applicable in modern days.

Opening of the Parable

The parable is introduced in the Bible by a question referred to as the “Great Commandment.” A lawyer who was part of the congregation stood up and asked Jesus a question regarding what he should do to inherit the kingdom of God and live eternally. In response, Jesus asked the lawyer about what was written in the scriptures and the lawyer responded by narrating the commandment regarding loving God and his neighbors. Jesus approved his response as being correct. The lawyer further challenged Jesus by asking him about who his neighbors were, which Jesus responded to by narrating the Good Samaritan parable (Luke 10: 25-29, New American Standard Bible). Jesus wanted to ensure that He used an example that the lawyer could understand.

The Parable

The parable explains the misfortune that a Jewish man faced while traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was attacked by robbers who stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him by the roadside to die. A priest passed by the road, saw the man, and crossed over to the other side of the road. A temple assistant also walked over, looked at the man, and crossed over to the other side of the road. After that, a Samaritan passed by and saw the man lying by the roadside. He felt sorry for him and opted to help him. The Samaritan bandaged the man’s wounds and poured oil and wine on them (Luke 10: 30-37). He wanted to ensure that he had lessened the man’s pain before moving him.

He then took the wounded Jew to an inn, cared for him, and requested the innkeeper to care for the man. The Samaritan paid the innkeeper to take care of the man and promised to return and compensate the innkeeper for any additional amount that might have been used in the care process (Luke 10: 30-37). After narrating the parable, Jesus asked the lawyer, which of the individuals who had passed by the road exhibited similar qualities to a good neighbor. Jesus then dismissed the lawyer and asked him to apply the same concept in his life.

Background and Context

The story takes place on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho, which was approximately twenty miles from the Jordan River. The terrain between the two cities was rough, undeveloped, and had few inhabitants. It was characterized by cases of robbery due to its marginalization from the two cities. Different types of people are mentioned in the story including the person who was robbed and believed to be a Jew, the Levite and the Jewish religious leaders, who passed by the route and did not assist the Jew, and the Samaritan. Although the Samaritan is from a different province, Samaria, he chose to help the injured person (Barton, 2007).

Significance

Jesus understood that human beings were sinful. The priest, the Levite, and the temple assistant were not willing to assist the Jew but the Samaritan was sympathetic and assisted the man. Some of the lessons that can be drawn from the teachings include the importance of helping others. The actions of the Good Samaritan also represent the need to respect other people and treat them fairly. The Samaritan showed empathy and compassion towards the injured Jew despite the conflicts that existed between Jews and people from other communities. He disregarded their differences and offered to help the man. This illustrates the negative effects of looking down upon other people due to social, racial or cultural differences. The verse also teaches Christians the importance of going the extra mile when helping people. Instead of leaving the man at the inn for the innkeeper to deal with him, the Samaritan patched up his wounds and paid the innkeeper to care for the man. When compared to the priest and the Levite, the Samaritan behaved in a dignified and compassionate manner, which aligns with God’s teachings for his people.

The information contained in this parable offers Christians guidelines on how to conduct themselves and deal with issues in their lives. The parable teaches Christians to love each other. It also encourages people to develop compassion and love other people with God’s kind of love.

References

Barton, G. M. (2007). The Significance of the Parables of Jesus Christ. Xulon Press