Sunday Sermon // little stories…BIG TRUTH (The Good Samaritan)

little stories…BIG TRUTH // The Good Samaritan

[ECC Student Pastor, Kurt Petersheim, Covington Campus]

The Parable of the Good Samaritan : Luke 10:25-37

LOVE REQUIRES ACTION

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 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 neighbor as yourself.’ ”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 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 NIV)

The goal of this parable is not “getting you into heaven”..this is not a parable about salvation. This parable is more about bringing some heaven to earth.

The road from Jeruasalem to Jericho is 18 miles and winds through the mountains. This made it easy for bandits and thieves to camp out and take advantage of travelers.

Jesus is painting a picture that everyone hearing the story would understand and relate to. It was a dangerous journey. And it would not surprise the hearers that a man was mugged in this story.

Both a priest and a temple servant saw the wounded man and ignored him. They knew no one would SEE THEM offer the man help and therefore they did nothing. These men knew the Law and felt righteous but didn't feel like they needed to help. The did not show any action that proved they had love in their heart.

  • Have you ever done something or not done something because no one was watching?
  • Does your public life mirror your private life?
  • Is your Christian life more about your appearance and image than the glory of God?

Do not mistake religious knowledge and religious activity for following Christ in obedience and acting in love. Don't mistake religion for love.

Yes, it is important to love and study Scripture..know sound doctrine..pray..attend church and small groups BUT it is just as important to LIVE OUT THAT FAITH with actions that prove that love.

Love requires action.

This world needs less Christians who just know Bible verses and more Christians who are going out to the prisons, serving the homeless, sharing their faith, forgiving their enemies, caring for the “least of these”..

Samaritans were a mixed breed of people (1/2 Jewish and 1/2 Assyrian) and true Jewish people hated Samaritans. It is important to note that the Samaritan was the one who showed mercy and compassion. The Samaritan proved his love through his actions. The only “non-expert” in the Law was the one who lived out the truth of Scripture that day.

You don't have to be a Bible scholar to live out the Word of God by proving your love with actions of compassion and mercy. Love never fails..

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 NIV)

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