Is it possible to live forever?

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What Do I Need To Do To Live Forever?

A lawyer asked Jesus, Is it possible to live forever? What do I need to do if I want to live forever?
And Jesus answered, What do you think? What does the law tell you?

And the man said, The law tells me to love God with all my heart and soul and strength and mind and to love my neighbour as myself.

And Jesus said, Well done. If you do this, then you shall live.

Who is my neighbour?

Then the lawyer said to Jesus, Who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answered; a person was traveling from a town called Jerusalem to another town called Jericho. And as he was traveling, a bunch of thieves attacked him; they took his clothes and beat him up so bad that he nearly died.

And when this poor man was laying on the road, half dead, a priest saw him there and quickly walked across to the other side of the road pretending not to see the poor man.

A little bit later a minister/pastor (levite) did exactly the same thing. He also saw this poor man who desperately needed help and then this minister also walked over to the other side of the road continuing his journey, without helping the wounded man.

So here were two religious people, possibly leaders of churches and neither one of them helped the person who had been beaten up and robbed by thieves.

But a man called a Samaritan saw the man laying on the road and he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He cleaned up and covered his wounds and put him on his own animal to take him to a motel where the traveler continued to took care of this wounded man.

And the next day when he had to continue his journey the Samaritan went to the person in charge of the motel, gave him some money and said please look after this man. And if you have to spend more money than what I am giving you now, then next time when I visit I will pay this money back to you.

After Jesus told this story He asked the lawyer, There were three people who all passed this poor man on the road which had been beaten up and robbed of everything he had by thieves. Now which of the three do you think was acting like a good neighbour? Was that the priest or the minister who saw the man laying on the road but pretended not to see him and crossed the road so that they wouldn’t need to help him? Or was it the Samaritan who cleaned his wounds and took him to a motel to look after him and make sure that he would recover?

Who was the good neighbour?

And the lawyer who had asked Jesus the question about eternal life answered, The good neighbour was the kind man, the Samaritan, who took care of the poor fellow who had been robbed and beaten up.

And Jesus said, You are absolutely right. Now you go and do the same.

 

all rights reserved copyright myemmanuel 2014 reprinted with permission
Australian version of the Good Samaritan story Luke 10:25-37

 

 

3 Responses

  1. Thank you Mimi for sharing this message and although we know that doing good things does not save us, only heart repentance does because it shows we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and also in His Divinity, only God can forgive sins and yes Jesus The Living Word, is One with The Father and The Holy Ghost, in The Godhead or Trinity as They are called today.

    1 John 5: 7 For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are One.

    But it is True as you shared Mimi, if we have Salvation, and we can’t earn it , it’s a free gift, we will show that we have it, just as the good Samaritan did.

    It’s sad but just like the Priest who thought of his own safety and the Levite who did the same and also ignored the wounded man, some today claim they Love God but don’t have genuine Love and compassion for others but we can’t Love God and not Love others, they both go together as we can see in the Scriptures below but this does not mean we have to accept the evil they do and say, God doesn’t, and we are not to call good what He calls evil or evil what He calls good. We are to stand up for His Truth even if it means rejection and yes death too.

    1John 4 :20 -21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother/sister, he is a liar: for he that Loveth not his brother/ sister whom he hath seen, how can he Love God whom he hath not seen? And this Commandment have we from Him, That he who Loveth God Love his brother/sister also.

    John 13:34-35, A new Commandment I give unto you, That ye Love one another; as I have Loved you, that ye also Love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have Love one to another.

    Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

    Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

    2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

    Love is not just words it’s an Action!

    Christian Love Always Mimi in our unity in Christ Jesus – Anne

    • Mimi
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      Thank you Anne, Love is not just words it’s an Action! Too true, the book of James tells us just that: James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

      Thank you for all your wonderful feedback. It is so lovely to meet with people who love GOD’s Word with the passion you do. I particularly like the Samaritan story because it cuts through religious righteousness and gets down right to the core of human love and interaction. Most my friends have never read the bible but are wonderful human beings who’d give their last penny to help a stranger. Action speaks louder than words.

      That is what impacts me about Jesus. Much as I love scripture and writing and talking about it, Jesus tells us to go out and love and help one another, go the extra mile, love our enemies and so on. He explained that we are ‘commanded’ to love one and other. I think that is very profound. His teachings are very practical and human. What has impacted you the most in your journey with Jesus?
      hugs – Mimi

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