Kids - Look Like Jesus
Elementary: A Good Samaritan LOOKS like Jesus and Loves
Watch Party Week 4 |
Real-life scenarios, and stories of Jesus seeing people with love, will show kids how to LOOK like Jesus. This four-week video series plays out what can happen when we try to see people through the eyes of Jesus. It’s the only way we can love everyone, no matter what!
“My command is this: love each other as I have loved you,” John 15:12.
- What happened differently in the video after the pirate LOOKed like Jesus? (He decided to help the ninja.)
- In the Bible story, who passed by the hurt Jewish man, and who helped him? (The Jewish leaders passed by him on the other side of the road, and the Good Samaritan helped him.)
- Why do you think the Samaritan helped the man? (Discuss.)
- What would you have done if you had seen the hurt man? (Discuss.)
- When was a time you needed help and someone helped you? (Discuss.)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Luke 10:25-37
Most of us have probably heard or read the story of the Good Samaritan before. It’s the gripping story of a man, beat up, stripped of his clothes, and left half dead on the side of the road just waiting for someone to help him. The Samaritan in this story took huge risks to meet the needs of the man in his path. Yet there is no reference to him stopping to weigh the cost to himself. He did all he could to demonstrate love and kindness to a total stranger without a thought to what it could mean for him.
Why does the idea of extending love to a total stranger nag us? Most of us want to identify with the Samaritan, but the truth is, we see ourselves in the other two men as well, the men who crossed over on the other side of the road, as far away as possible from the man in desperate need. It’s so much easier to love only the people who are capable of loving us back. The hard truth in this story is that God is calling us to love everyone we meet, no matter what, because everyone is precious to God.
Jesus told this story in response to the question, “who is my neighbor?” and he left no loopholes. Everyone is our neighbor. The love of the Samaritan is just a small reflection of the love of Jesus for us. It cost Jesus everything to demonstrate his love for us, and we in no way deserved that sacrifice. Knowing we've been loved like that gives us all we need to love others the same way. It’s not enough to just talk about loving others. We are called to act in a way that reflects the heart of God. And it is clear from this story that the heart of God is full of mercy and compassion for all (Luke 10:37). The more we understand that for ourselves, the more we can understand that for all people. Then we can change our response of judgement and condemnation to a response of mercy and compassion instead—just like Jesus.
How does this story broaden the definition of neighbor? Why is that important for us as followers of Jesus?
Who needs you right now? How does seeing that person as God sees him or her, help you to be compassionate?