Finding Ourselves on the Road to Jericho
April 2023

“Finding Ourselves on the Road to Jericho,” Liahona, Apr. 2023.

Come, Follow Me

Luke 10:25–37

Finding Ourselves on the Road to Jericho

man helping an injured man

The Good Samaritan, by Walter Rane

Taking a closer look at some possible symbols in the parable of the good Samaritan allows us to see how the story could apply to us today. (Interpretations come from John W. Welch, “The Good Samaritan: Forgotten Symbols,” Liahona, Feb. 2007, 26–33.)

The Traveler


Journeying from Jerusalem to Jericho

Journey from premortal life to earth

Set upon by thieves

Subject to sin and death

Left “half dead” by robbers

Spiritually dead without Christ

The Samaritan

The Savior

Has compassion on the traveler

Has compassion on us

Binds up the traveler’s wounds

Binds up our spiritual wounds

Pours oil and wine on the traveler’s wounds

Gives us ordinances and covenants

Brings the traveler to the inn

Brings us to His Church

Promises to return and repay the traveler’s debt

Promises to return and pay the price of our sins

The Inn

Christ’s Church

Takes care of the traveler until the Samaritan returns

Takes care of us and prepares us for the Second Coming

Place of safety for the traveler

Place of spiritual safety for us