You’ve broken down by the side of the road, and someone kind stops and helps fix your car. Or you’re at the supermarket checkout and find you’re just short of having the right money, and the person behind offers to make it up to the right amount. They’re both good Samaritans, people who help out and maybe even rescue you, when you’re having a hard time.
The phrase goes back to a story Jesus told about a Jewish man who was robbed and beaten up, and then helped by a passing Samaritan. The story was shocking, because for Jewish people of the time, Samaritans were foreigners who were hated and distrusted. In Jesus’ story, the people you think would be bound to help don’t, and it’s the despised foreigner who comes to the rescue…
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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.
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