THE GOOD SAMARITAN
BIBLE TEXT – READ (LUKE -37)
Most people have heard the expression, “good Samaritan”. Many people understand the meaning of the term. When a person performs a good deed or is helpful to another person, they are sometimes called a “good Samaritan”. The term “good Samaritan” is actually found in the dictionary and is defined as, “a person who pities and helps another or others unselfishly”. Few people, however, are aware of the origin of the term. It comes from the Bible, the Word of God. It is found in the gospel of Luke, chapter 10, verses 25 through 37. It is derived from the response of Christ to the question of a Jewish lawyer who asked, “WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE”? It is similar to another question asked by one known as the Philippian jailer which is recorded in, (Acts ). He said, “What must I do to be saved”? Have YOU ever asked questions like these? Have YOU ever been so concerned about the eternal well being of your own soul that you sincerely and earnestly asked these kinds of questions, “WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE”? WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? Do YOU know the answers to these questions? In this message we will provide the answers to these questions.
In the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan there are four particular men we want to focus on. By way of outline we want to consider each of them. We want to notice who they are, what they did and more importantly we want to notice what they represent. We will consider;
1. A CERTAIN MAN.
We read in, (verse 30) “And Jesus answering said, A CERTAIN MAN went down
from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his
raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead”. Let’s notice first of all the DIRECTION OF HIS JOURNEY. This man was on a journey from
The next thing we should notice is the DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH HIS JOURNEY. It says of our traveler, he “fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead”. The thieves represent Satan and the unseen forces of evil. Clothing is the Biblical symbol of righteousness. As the traveler was stripped literally, so have men been “stripped” spiritually. When Satan seduced Adam he stripped him, and all his descendants, of righteousness. We read in, (Romans 5:12) “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. This is why God says in His Word in, (Romans ) “There is none righteous, no, not one”. (Romans 3:9, 12, 23) also tell us, “Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin”. “There is none that doeth good, no, not one”. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Notice dear reader, there are no exceptions or no exclusions to God’s condemnation of mankind. YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE is not without danger if you remain in your sins and continue to reject God’s offer of salvation. It says of our traveler, he was wounded. Consider the world today and the state of humanity. Do we not see a “wounded” society and “wounded” lives wherever we look? It says of our traveler that the thieves left him half dead. There could not be a more accurate picture of the human race, for until a man, by faith, accepts God’s gift of eternal life, he is “half dead”. If YOU are unsaved you are “half dead” because the only life you possess is physical, for this earthly existence only. You are lacking “spiritual life” which is received by being “born again” and which is essential for the eternal state that succeeds the earthly. God says in His Word in (Ephesians 2:1) that the unsaved person is “dead in trespasses and sins”. This is what man is by nature and by practice. By nature man is dead. By practice man is disobedient. This is God’s declaration of the natural man still in his sins. By describing man as dead it means that man by nature is devoid of even one living principle God ward. The natural man is devoid of spiritual and eternal life. People are living today as if there is no judgment and no accountability to God. You can disbelieve and deny these truths but God says in His Word YOU will have to give an account at the judgment of God. Sin has consequences because we read in the Bible, the Word of God, (Romans ) “The wages of sin is death”. Death is not only physical but spiritual and eternal as well. It says in, (Hebrews ) “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. Notice dear reader, the words “after this”. Death is not the end. There is a hereafter. God says in His Word that after death there is judgment and an eternity of endless suffering for those who die in their sins and thus are not ready to meet God. We read in, (Revelation ) “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”. Do YOU know for certain that your name is in the “book of life”? Nothing is more important in life than making sure YOUR NAME is in “the book of life”.
2. A CERTAIN PRIEST
It says in, (verse 31)
“And by chance there came down A CERTAIN PRIEST that way: and when he saw him,
he passed by on the other side.
The priest saw the wounded and dying man but came not near him. He did nothing to help. He passed by on the other side which means he
did not turn out of his course even to come and see him. We are told in (Hebrews 5:1) that the high
3. A CERTAIN LEVITE
It says in, (verse 32) “And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place,
came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.” The thought of this verse is that the
Levite came and looked on the wounded and dying traveler more attentively, but
still did nothing to care for him. He
was not moved with pity or mercy. The
Levites were appointed to minister in connection with the presentation of the
sacrifices appointed under the law. They
were set apart to various duties in the tabernacle in the wilderness and later
4. A CERTAIN SAMARITAN
It says in, (verses 33-35) “But a CERTAIN SAMARITAN as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee”. THE SAMARITAN IS A TYPE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, GOD’S BELOVED SON. There are a number of incidents in this little story that remind us of Christ. These include the following:
Let’s consider first of all;
1. The Coming of the Savior (verse 33a)
It says of the Samaritan, “As he journeyed, came where he was”. It reminds us that the Son of God took a journey from heaven to earth 2000 years ago and came where we are. He left the glory of heaven and in condescending grace He came into this world where men are wounded in sin and are dying in their sins. We read in, (John ) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. God has displayed and clearly proved His love for sinners by providing a Savior, His beloved Son. We read in, (Romans ) “God spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up (to the cross) for us all”. When the Son of God came into the world, deity took on humanity. It is called the incarnation of the Son of God. It says in, (Hebrews 2:9) “Jesus was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man”. Scripture calls it a “great mystery” in, (1 Timothy ) “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh”. Some might ask the question, “Why did He come, why was He here”? We are told in, (1 Timothy ) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. This is why He came. This was the purpose for His coming. When He was a young lad of about 12 years of age He said, “I must be about my Fathers business”. The “Fathers business” required the “Fathers Son” because;
There was none other good enough,
To pay the price of sin,
He only could unlock the gates of heaven,
And let us in.
Dear reader, have YOU believed in Him? Are YOU saved? Was there a time when, a place where and a manner how in which you were saved?
2. The Compassion of the Savior (verse 33b)
This verse says concerning the Samaritan, “When he saw him, he had compassion on him”. It was loving kindness and compassion that brought the Savior from heaven. When He saw mankind wounded and dying in their sins He had compassion. We read in, (Psalm 14:2, 3) “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God”. This was His divine perception. “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. This was His divine declaration.
Even though He saw the total depravity of mankind, in His compassion, He came from heaven to provide salvation by His sacrificial death on the cross. It says of the Lord while He was here, (Matthew ) “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd”. He saw mankind as sheep without a shepherd. We read in, (Isaiah 53:6) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all”. The natural man is like a “straying sheep” without a shepherd. Christ came as the Shepherd for mankind whom God describes as straying sheep who have gone their own way. The Lord said of himself, (John ) “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”. Dear reader, are YOU able to say “The Lord is MY Shepherd”?
3. The Care and Companionship of the Savior (verse 34)
We read in this verse
concerning the Samaritan, “He went to him, and bound up
his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought
him to an inn, and took care of him”. This
pictures a person who has trusted Christ as their personal Savior, for it is
believing faith that enables the Lord to bind up the wounds of sin, to pour in
the oil (type of the holy Spirit), and the wine (type of joy), which
accompanies salvation and the knowledge of sins forgiven. Have YOU been “born again” or “born from
above”? The Lord Jesus Christ said, (John 3:3, 7) “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man
be born again, he cannot see the
4. The Cost to the Savior (verse 35a)
We read in this verse, “And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence,
and gave them to the host, and said take care of him”. It cost the Good Samaritan something
to provide the things with which he ministered to the travelers needs. It cost the Lord Jesus Christ His life to
provide what dying men need. Salvation
is offered to YOU as a free gift. (Romans 6:23) “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord”. God’s
salvation is offered to you as a free gift.
It cost you nothing to receive it but it cost the Savior everything to
provide it. God’s overflowing grace and
mercy has decreed a way for man to be reconciled to his Creator and rescued
from the dire consequences of sin. God’s
sole means for providing salvation is in the gift of His Son who was
foreordained “to give His life a ransom for many”
(Matthew ). It is written of the Lord Jesus, “He was obedient
unto death even the death of the cross”.
“His path uncheered by earthly smiles, led only to the cross”. He said in, (John , 18) “”I lay down my life, that I
might take it again. No man taketh it
from me, but I lay it down of myself. I
have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again”. He
voluntarily suffered, bled and died on the cross for our sins. In those dark hours on
5. The Coming Again of the Savior (verse 35b)
In this last part of verse 35 the Samaritan said, “When I come again, I will repay thee”. Like the Samaritan, Christ also has “departed”, but He has promised to come again. He said to His own before He went back to heaven, (John 14:2, 3) “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go….I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also”. The last words the wounded traveler heard from the Samaritan were, “when I come again”. The last recorded words of the Savior in scripture are, “Surely I come quickly” (Revelation ). The writer, along with many other believers, believes that the Lord’s return is near. It could be today. When He returns where will He find YOU? Will you be waiting His return in the company of other believers, or will YOU be lying spiritually dead on Life’s highway because you refused to believe the gospel message?
In closing let me remind you that you are traveling the “highway of life”, passing through time on the way to eternity. There are only two destinations before you. You will spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Now that you have read this message you have come to a “crossroads” in your earthly journey. A decision has to be made. Which way will you go? Will you continue to willfully neglect and reject God’s free gift of salvation or will you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and receive Him as your Lord and Savior? If YOU do not get saved it will not be because God does not love you or God’s Son did not die for you but it will be because you have refused God’s offer of salvation. It says in the Word of God, (1 Timothy 2:3, 4) “God our savior, who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”. It says also in, (2 Peter 3:9) “The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.
Please give this matter your most serious attention. Your eternal destiny depends on your decision. Remember that “no decision” is really a decision and it is the wrong decision. Hell is filled with procrastinators and God warns in His Word, (2 Corinthians 6:2) “Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold. NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION”.