According to the Bible, he was but a Samaritan. The “Good” in the appellation was our own addition because, out of the three who passed by the victim of happenstance on the road side, he was the only one who showed kindness; goodness.
Jesus’ parables often leave us with the easy task of deducing lessons for ourselves. The story of the “Good” Samaritan is a clear example. After the story is told, we conclude that this man who did something humanly impossible at the time – going out of his way to attend to the wounded stranger – was indeed a good man.
Did he really go out of his way? Recall that the victim was clearly unconnected to his world view, political leaning, religious affiliation or denomination. The victim was a total stranger in every sense of the world; even possibly an enemy. What was more, the Samaritan was on his way to an important function but had to shelve his immediate plans.
Upon hearing the parable, our task was simple: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” His apostles answered: “The Samaritan!” Jesus concluded thus: “Do like the Samaritan.”
Who is a neighbour? Here Jesus describes a neighbour as a person who performs an ACT, a compassionate deed, and not merely one who observes – even if sympathetically.
I believe the priest and the Levite cared but had constraints. As humans we just cannot see someone wounded and not feel something! Otherwise that part of the story would have been written something like this: “There were two sociopaths, one a priest and the other a Levite, they saw a gravely wounded man on the road and walked past, leaving him for dead.
The Levite and the priest did not understand that Jesus came to break the barriers that separated people. They still could not see themselves interacting with or caring for people outside their social or religious divide.
We are many times like the priest and the Levite. We do extremely good things to those in our circles and rightly so, but we fail to act when disaster strikes those that are not connected to us. If we read the Scriptures to where Jesus said, ‘Do likewise’, then we can see that we have a problem.
Let’s explore what the Samaritan did. First, we can agree it was a patchy First Aid. Though it was a successful form of early resuscitation, it wasn’t enough to keep the man alive. Life Support – sustenance – was needed, hence, the Samaritan found and engaged the innkeeper.
Sustenance is the basis of this parable. With the hope of a reward, the innkeeper sustained the wounded man. When Jesus asked the disciples to go and do likewise, like who did He mean?
Jesus knew all along that he was the samaritan – the saviour pointing us towards the role of innkeeper. Reminding us that salvation reaches beyond first aid, good words, mere presentation but ACT of caring or nurturing, giving wholeheartedly and survival. The Samaritan initiated the act of kindness, but the role of the innkeeper was necessary to see it through.
Salvation reaches beyond the initiator to those who carry out noble acts. The Samaritan even ran out of cash, but the innkeeper continued to provide sustenance in the fragile hope that he would receive his balance. For us, therefore, in doing likewise, we must ensure that life is not just saved, but sustained.
In keeping with what we are learning from Jesus’ parables, let us ask again: ‘Who is my neighbour?’ or, better still, ‘Am I a neighbour to someone? A true neighbour? Am I anything like the Samaritan, the innkeeper, or any of those who provide for and nurture the broken in society?’
Think of what needs rescuing and sustaining in the society and do it.
Share the love, sustain a life and may God help our understanding.
Ose Okodoa.
Luke 10:25-37.



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Welcome to the official website of Emmanuel Stephen

Emmanuel is an outstanding Praise and Worship Leader,
 and a Songwriter, presently based in the United Kingdom

Emmanuel is currently working on his musical  Album project Titled “JESUS” and has released a New Single Track titled “HE REIGNS” on the 10th of July 2017 available on all digital  Platforms worldwide.
Emmanuel will be ministering at some events across the UK to promote his musical project.

Info at Event

Emmanuel Stephen is popularly known for His prolific husky vocal Tone.
 Born in Lagos Nigeria to a Nigerian Parent from Benue State
As a young child growing up at the Assemblies of God Church he Started singing specials numbers in the church at the age of 7 where his late father was a deacon in the church committee board.

He forged ahead since 2000 to become an excellent Praise and Worship Leader and a music Director in Many RCCG Churches. To mention a few Desire of nations Province, Abuja Nigeria, under the leadership of Pastor Kunle Omotoso, who is currently based in Brooklyn USA.

This gave him the needed inspiration to see the bigger picture. By 2006 he released his first music Album titled “Strange Love”
His unique and courageous charisma on the stage during Praise and Worship had caught the attention and interest of many local churches and senior gospel Artists

Emmanuel is indeed is a great gift to the body of Christ, and  perhaps one of Nigeria’s Finest Praise and Worship Leader
Singing for more than 22years of active performance experience, his unique vocal dexterity has seen him work with many Musicians such as Asu Ekiye,
Pst Kingsley Ike, Big Bolaji Olarewaju, Samsong, Pst Moji Alawiye, and many more

He graduated with a Masters Degree in Project Management From Salford Business School Manchester United Kingdom,
And a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Ambrose Alli University Nigeria
With a successful Real estate firm Rehoboth Realtors in Abuja, Nigeria.

His Love for God and passion for music is unparalleled
Married to Dr. Christiana and they are blessed with four Lovely Children
Michelle, Davian, Derrick, and Deitrich.

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