As we conclude our sermon series on ‘The Awakening,’ we do so with a look at the second most important commandment as discussed in Mark 12:28-34.  When looking at the commandment ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ we have to start by deciding who our neighbor is, which was the question asked in Luke 10:25-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan). Then we need to decide if and how we are able to respond to this neighbor.  Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan to explain both parts of that issue.  The man on the side of the road is anyone in need.  And the Good Samaritan is the person who sees the need and has the wherewithal to help that person.  But the identity of the person in need, the Neighbor, isn’t always as obvious as we think it is.  We assume ‘in need’ means the homeless or the hungry, the destitute or the poverty-stricken.  However, sometimes it’s the everyday person who is in need of encouragement or love or support.  The person who is drained and discouraged.  The person who is emotionally spent. Sometimes the Neighbor is you and I.  And, through the kindness and caring of people who offer encouragement, a shoulder, a helping hand, a few minutes over a cup of coffee, God is sending people to care for us.  He, as the ultimate Good Samaritan, heals and cares for us so that we can get back to full strength and then ‘Go and do likewise’ for others.

Based on Mark 12:28-34 and Luke 10:25-37.

Here is the ‘Bullying Jr.‘ Burger King video mentioned by Rev. Campbell during the sermon: