Hey all the Faithful Followers. We are so glad that you could join us for the Scripture Saturday. Today I want us to look at the parable of the Good Samaritan and want Jesus says. Lets dive in!
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
This journey from Jerusalem to Jericho was a dangerous one and people were rob all the time. These men knew that the robbers could still be around and knowing this they avoided this man to care for themselves. The Samaritan was selfless and invested so much into this enemy of him. Why would he do such a thing? Because he saw the man was in need and took pity on him. We must be like this Samaritan, not looking at the situation but looking at the need. This is what God’s love does in us, it opens our eyes to see the need and to love selflessly.
It’s easy to just push a person and their problems to the side. You can find yourself saying, “I don’t get on with them. They are so weird and annoying. I have my own problems.” What kind of life is this? Please I really don’t understand! Jesus looked at us, filthy and messed up. We deserved no love of compassion because we put ourselves in this situation. Why should Jesus step out of Him way and give up His comfort to help a lost people? Because of Grace! Grace is the reason I live and I laugh. Grace gets me up in the morning because I know I have meaning and purpose. So what is grace?
Ephesians 1:7- “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”
Romans 3:22-24 “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”
Do I deserve the love that God gives? Well of course not! I am a sinner and I have fallen short of God’s laws. That’s where Grace comes in. I am found, I am free, I am forgiven and I only get this through the grace of God. Undeserved favour.
Luke 10:37- The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Jesus teaches us so much and with His Holy Spirit in us we can live out His love. We need to go and live like that Samaritan because even though he was enemies with the Jew he still took pity on him and showed love. Jesus took pity on us and loved us and He ended up on that cross because of love. It will be hard but no one said love is easy, love is one of the hardest things to live out. We won’t get on with people but that doesn’t mean we should push them away but rather we need to draw them in and love them.
The expert of the law refuses to say the Samaritan when he is asked, who was the neighbour, because he considers Samaritans as inferior. Although this Samaritan showed mercy and was the best character it didn’t change his view. What if you were on the floor dying and calling out but no one would stop to help. You would feel hopeless and then an enemy of yours stops to help. You wouldn’t care who it was you would be grateful and God wants us to know that if we were on the floor we would want help. Why wouldn’t we stop to help some one else?
This is a broken world and everyone seems to be stumbling in the dark. God calls us to be the light shining His great love and unfailing grace. I want to encourage all of us to take the time to pray for someone who is lost and hurt. You may not get along with them but they need your help. Now think about this person and if you can, write their name down. Throughout this week I want you to pray for them, and if they ever need help be the first to offer. Grace is undeserved favour and God has given it to everyone, let them know. Live unashamed!
God Bless you Good Samaritans!
The Faith Filled Friends