Be That Good Samaritan
Luke 10:30-35 (AMP)
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he encountered robbers, who stripped him of his clothes [and belongings], beat him, and went their way [unconcerned], leaving him half dead.
31 Now by coincidence a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 Likewise a Levite also came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road].
33 But a Samaritan (foreigner), who was traveling, came upon him; and when he saw him, he was deeply moved with compassion [for him],
34 and went to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them [to sooth and disinfect the injuries]; and he put him on his own pack-animal, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 On the next day he took out two denarii (two days’ wages) and gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I return.’
Preceding this passage, a lawyer wanted to test Jesus so he asked Jesus what needed to be done in order to receive eternal life. Jesus led the lawyer to the answer, which was the Great Commandment – To love the Lord your God with all your heart soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus has commanded us to love God and to love our neighbours. In the passage Luke 10:30-35 that we have read, Jesus explains what it means to love and who our neighbour is. While this passage might be a familiar passage to you, I pray that today you will open your heart and let God shed a new light in your understanding of this passage.
A man was traveling and met with a mishap. He was robbed of his possessions, wounded and dying. There could be a possibility that he might also be traumatized, feeling helpless and hurt. This man definitely needed help.
A priest and a Levite saw the man. But both of them passed by the wounded man on the other side of the road. The priest might be afraid to be associated with the wounded man. He could also possibly be on his way to perform priestly duties and was afraid that he might stain his clothes and be considered ‘dirty’ or unclean. Levites know the Word of God very well and are usually assistants of the priest. As believers, are we sometimes also like the priest or the Levite? We get caught up with our own lives or the work of serving that we neglect the wounded people around us. I’m not saying that we should not serve. In fact, as a believer, all of us are called to serve God and His people. However if we only focus on the work itself and lose sight of God and His heartbeat for the precious souls, then it would defeat the purpose of serving.
Another characteristic of this priest or the Levite is the fear of others’ opinion. Jesus role modelled very well for us. The Bible has many records of Jesus being with the outcasts of the society. He dines with the tax collectors and talks with the widows. He heals the people who are rejected by the society. The list goes on. Jesus seeks only to please the Father.
The Samaritan man saw the wounded man, like the priest and the Levite. But only the Samaritan man saw and was moved with compassion. The Samaritan man saw with his heart. As believers, we ought to also see with our heart or in other terms, it means to see with our spiritual eyes and to be led by the Holy Spirit. When we do so, I believe we will feel and know the heartbeat of God and have the compassion like Jesus does. Let us learn from the Samaritan man who steps out of his comfort zone to care for others.
There are many ‘wounded’ men, women and children around us who need HELP. I refer HELP to both deeds and a Person. Rendering deeds of help can be to listen, to encourage, to provide, to bless, to be a friend to others. While all these acts of help that we render to others are good, nothing can be compared to introducing the people to The Help. This Help I’m referring to here is the Person, Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate Help that everyone needs. Only through Jesus, the wounded and dying can have life to eternity. It is only when a person receives Jesus as his Help, that he can have an eternal change. It is a change from one who is spiritually dead because of sin, to one who is made alive in Christ.
Brothers and sisters, let us be like that Good Samaritan who sees with his spiritual eyes. Be led by the Holy Spirit and more importantly, introduce Jesus, the ultimate Help to the people around us.
Friends, if you have not yet known Jesus, it’s my prayer that you would open your heart to let Jesus, the ultimate Help, enter into your heart.
Come, let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending me Jesus, the ultimate Help of my life. Father, help me be like the Good Samaritan who sees like how You see. Soften my heart, so that I may feel how You feel. I avail myself to be a vessel of Yours to sow seeds of love into the lives of the people around me and to introduce them to You, Lord Jesus. Thank you Father for everything. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!”