The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan is a parable found in Luke 10:25-37. Jesus told parables as an illustration of spiritual truths, principles and laws. Consequently, we can learn a great deal of truth from this portion of Scripture.
 
Jesus was tested by an expert in the law questioning how one might obtain eternal life. Have you ever been tested by anyone? Jesus responds by asking him a question about his understanding of God’s laws. The man answered correctly by saying,
 
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbour as yourself.”
 
However, the man was self-righteous and operating under a religious spirit. People like this always find fault in others and never admit to being wrong. He challenged Jesus with And who is my neighbour?” Jesus had to dig deeper to cut the religious mindset and hypocrisy this man had been incorrectly taught.
 
Jesus is the master physician and holds the scalpel of truth. He can cut with precision to the root of the problem and expertly heals the wound left behind. He covers it with love and mercy and the scars serve as a reminder of God’s goodness. Jesus had to reveal God’s true ways and that Grace is greater than the Law. He does it with the parable of The Good Samaritan.
 

Key Players

The Wounded Man (a Jew)

The man was injured as he was walking the road of life which left him robbed, beaten, naked, abandoned and half dead. Thank God for Jesus who saves us. He came to us from Heaven and is not too busy to be like the Good Samaritan and cross the road to help us.
 

The Robbers

This is the devil and his henchmen at work.
 

The Priest and The Levite

He claims to know God yet won’t really serve Him. Many faithless Christians behave this way. We need to act like God’s children and be growing. The religious man appointed by God to serve Him ignored the injured man. Is it your way or Yahweh?
 

The Samaritan

The Samaritan is a picture of Jesus. Like the Good Samaritan, Jesus is moved with compassion and this is what He desires us to do. We may have to stop and interrupt our schedule to help someone in need. We often don’t want to get involved but we must get involved if we see something wrong eg. domestic violence or a child being mistreated.
 
All good shepherds carry a bottle of olive oil with them at all times. They use it to heal any wounds the sheep under their care may suffer. The Good Samaritan poured out oil and wine with the heart of God. This was despite the hatred that existed between the Jews and Samaritans at the time. He was an exception, we too need to be the exception in this world. When we see someone hurting go and pour out the oil (Holy Spirit) and wine (blood of Jesus) even when the person doesn’t deserve it.
 
We always carry God’s oil with us, His Holy Spirit, ready to be poured out freely. The blood of Jesus is the cure for sin. It’s the antidote to the poison in this world. It washes us clean and is the only currency in which everyone’s sin debt can be fully paid. We carry this wine with us everywhere we go too, the Good News.
 
How much money did the Samaritan pay to the Inn Keeper? Two denarii. He then promises to pay back whatever it costs for the injured man to be made well. So, if we bring in the hurting, sick, lonely, broken, vulnerable, lost and abandoned to the Inn, Jesus promises to pay the full cost for their healing. He will provide what we need for His work.
 

The Inn Keeper

Have you ever been to an Inn where you were properly cared for, rested, loved upon, validated, encouraged and nursed back to health? The Inn represents the Kingdom of God and is a picture of salvation here on Earth right now. It can be any physical location where the Lord operates, where people are invited in to be loved ⇒
  • Churches (any denomination that follows King Jesus)
  • Houses
  • Ministry locations
  • Workplaces
 
The injured man lost everything, including his hope and even dignity. This is the work of the devil, this is his plan for people but God’s plan is abundant life (John 10:10). We are all the Inn Keepers, the pastor can not do it alone.
 

The Donkey

Don’t forget the donkey! He is a beast of burden who carries the load of others or others themselves. Whatever you have you can use to lift someone up and carry them to the Inn. What donkey do you have? Imagine what it would look like if we all took our donkeys out of the stable and crossed the road to the wounded. The church would grow and lives would be transformed.
 
Remember when we get involved with people, which is messy, His blessings will flow. God doesn’t want us to be like the Levite or Priest in this parable. Money is not God’s issue, people are. God says that whatever we spend helping others, He will repay us. We need to run in our race with the gifts God has given us. Get our donkey ready to minister to the unsaved who need the salvation of Jesus. We’re all a work in progress but called to make a difference. To reach the lost is the Father’s business and with His grace, we’ll grow in confidence. All we need is ⇒
  • the Gospel
  • a teachable spirit
  • compassion
  • faithful courage
  • our donkey
 
If you feel like the injured man half-dead and naked on the side of the road there’s some very Good News. Jesus is your answer, He is the only way.