SUMMER OF GOD’S LOVE: THE GOOD SAMARITAN
…but he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 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. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. 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.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25–37
5 PORTRAYALS OF LOVE FROM THE GOOD SAMARITAN:
I. THE SEEKING OF LOVE
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was” vs. 33
PARALLEL: Christ came to earth—where we are—to seek and save.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:10, Romans 5:6
CALL TO ACTION: If we are to win souls, we must not only accept what is in front of us, but we must go where the lost are, seeking them out.
II. THE SYMPATHY OF LOVE
“He had compassion on him” vs. 33
PARALLEL: Christ has unending compassion for all mankind.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 4:15
CALL TO ACTION: If we are to help others, we must have a heart of love and be filled with compassion.
III. THE SERVICE OF LOVE
“And bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine” vs. 34
PARALLEL: Christ always helps those who seek after Him.
SCRIPTURE: John 6:37, Matthew 7:7
CALL TO ACTION: Do we see the needs and feel compassion for others but fail to do anything to help them? Be bold.
IV. THE SELFLESSNESS OF LOVE
“And set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him” vs. 34
PARALLEL: Christ denied Himself, giving His life for the world.
CALL TO ACTION: We should deny ourselves (appropriately) by becoming involved in caring for the needs of others.
V. THE SPENDING OF LOVE
“And whatsoever thou spendest more … I will repay thee” vs. 35
PARALLEL: It cost Jesus His life’s blood to save us.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:24-26, Ephesians 4
CALL TO ACTION: It will cost us time, talent, and treasures to help those in need and to win the lost to Christ.
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