THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND THE GOOD SAMARITAN
John x: 1 to 41; Luke x: 1 to 37.
FTER the cure of the man born blind, Jesus gave to the
people in Jerusalem the parable or story of "The Good
"Verily, verily (that is, "in truth, in truth"), I say
to you, if any one does not go into the sheepfold by
the door, but climbs up some other way, it is a sign
that he is a thief and a robber. But the one who comes
in by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. The porter
opens the door to him, and the sheep know him, and
listen to his call, for he calls his own sheep by name
and leads them out to the pasture-field. And when he
has led out his sheep, he goes in front of them, and
the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. The
sheep will not follow a stranger, for they do not know
the stranger's voice."
The people did not understand what all this meant, and
as Jesus explained it to them. He said:
"Verily, verily, I say to you, I am the door that leads
to the sheepfold. If any one comes to the sheep in any
other way than through me and in my name, he is a thief
and a robber; but those who are the true sheep will not
hear such. I am the door; if any man goes into the fold
through me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and go
out, and shall find pasture.
"The thief comes to the fold that he may steal, and rob
the sheep and kill them; but I come to the fold that
they may have life, and may have all that they need. I
am the good shepherd; the good shepherd will give up
his own life to save his sheep; and I will give up my
life that my sheep may be saved.
"I am the good shepherd; and just as a true shepherd
knows all the sheep in his flock, so I know my own, and
my own know
 me, even as I know the Father, and the Father knows me;
and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I
have, which are not of this fold; them also I must
lead, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be
one flock and one shepherd."
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
The Jews could not understand these words of Jesus; but
they became very angry with him, because he spoke of
God as his Father. They took up stones to throw them at
him, and tried to seize him, intending to kill him. But
Jesus escaped from their hands, and went away to the
land beyond Jordan, at the place called Bethabara, or
"Bethany beyond Jordan," the same place where he had
been baptized by John the Baptist more than two years
before, as we read in Story 114. From
this place Jesus wished to go out through the land on
the east of the Jordan, a land which was called
"Perea," a word that means "beyond." But before going
out himself through this land, Jesus sent out seventy
chosen men from among his followers to go to all the
villages, and to make the people ready for his own
coming afterward. He gave to these seventy the same
commands that he had given to the twelve disciples,
when he sent them through Galilee, of which we read in
Story 126, and sent them out in pairs, two men to
travel and to preach together. He said:
"I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry no
purse, no bag for food, no shoes except those that you
are wearing. Do not stop to talk with people by the
way; but go through the towns and the villages, healing
the sick, and preaching to the people, 'The kingdom of
God is coming.' He that hears you, hears me; and he
that refuses you, refuses me; and he that will not hear
me, will not hear him that sent me."
And after a time the seventy men came again to Jesus,
saying, "Lord, even the evil spirits obey our words in
And Jesus said to them, "I saw Satan, the king of the
evil spirits, falling down like lightning from heaven.
I have given you power to tread upon serpents and
scorpions; and nothing shall harm you. Still, do not
rejoice because the evil spirits obey you; but rejoice
that your names are written in heaven." And at that
time, one of the scribes,—men who wrote copies of the
books of the Old Testament, and studied them, and
taught them,—came to Jesus and asked him a question,
to see what answer he would give. He said, "Master,
what shall I do to have everlasting life?"
 Jesus said to the scribe, "What is written in the law?
You are a reader of God's law; tell me what it says?"
Then the man gave this answer, "Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and
thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Jesus said to the man, "You have answered right; do
this, and you shall have everlasting life."
But the man was not satisfied. He asked another
question, "And who is my neighbor?"
To answer this question, Jesus gave the parable or
story of "The Good Samaritan." He said, "A certain man
was going down the lonely road from Jerusalem to
Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of
all that he had, and beat him; and then went away,
leaving him almost dead. It happened that a certain
priest was going down that road; and when he saw the
man lying there, he passed by on the other side. And a
Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw the
man, he too, went by on the other side. But a certain
Samaritan, as he was going down, came where this man
was; and as soon as he saw him he felt a pity for him.
He came to the
 man, and dressed his wounds, pouring oil and wine into
them. Then he lifted him up, and set him on his own
beast of burden, and walked beside him to an inn. There
he took care of him all night; and the next morning he
took out from his purse two shillings, and gave them to
the keeper of the inn, and said, "Take care of him; and
if you need to spend more than this, do so; and when I
come again I will pay it to you."
THE GOOD SAMARITAN AIDING THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN ROBBED
"Which one of these three do you think showed himself a
neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"
The scribe said, "The one who showed mercy on him."
Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do thou likewise."
By this parable Jesus showed that "our neighbor" is the
one who needs the help that we can give him, whoever he