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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
March 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 10:25-37
Once Upon a Time... Stories from Jesus

Jesus taught a lot using stories we call parables.  A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.


What should our attitude be toward lost people? 

In the previous two sermons we have seen how the Father responds to the lost/those in need.  we learn that God values people that are not in fellowship with Him.


Have you ever had someone to ask you a simple question and you realize that there is more to it than a simple answer? 


TEXT:  Luke 10:25-29

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘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 neighbor as yourself.’”

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”


Today I challenge you to answer to answer this question... 

Who is my neighbor?


The lawyer responds:  ‘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 neighbor as yourself.’


Jesus’ response to the lawyer tells us that Jesus didn’t deny the moral demands of the Old Testament law. The ceremonial and sacrificial systems were soon to pass away, having their complete fulfillment in Christ, but the moral law stands as God’s standard for all time.


The Parable...

Luke 10:30-37

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

The Jericho road was a dangerous road for a lonely traveler as it went through very barren countryside, with deep ravines, which provided ideal cover for bandits hiding out in wait for someone to rob.


The priest and the Levite ignored the predicament of the victim, but the Samaritan had compassion on him and did his utmost to provide help and comfort in very dangerous circumstances.


The parable revealed the heart of the lawyer.


The Priest & Levite...

The priest and Levite were religious leaders of the day.  They were church folks.


Too often, we turn God’s positive command of "love your neighbor as yourself" into something less demanding, such as "I don’t do anybody any harm".


Truth:  Just because we haven’t mistreated our neighbor doesn’t mean that we have shown love to him.


The Jews of Jesus’ time were very racist and sexist. If we are not careful, we too, can easily become selective as to who benefits from expressions of our Christian love. It’s easy to raise barriers as to who is qualified for our caring.


Jesus warned his disciples against restricting their hospitality to only those who could return it. It’s much harder to show love to those who appear to us as "unlovely." It’s only when we see these "neighbors," these that don’t look like us (me), these that I look down on as beloved of God that our self-made barriers will collapse.


The Good Samaritan...

We need to be a Good Samaritan to them.


The priest and the Levite may have ignored their responsibilities, but the Samaritan didn’t. Jesus made the point that his "compassion" took him to "where the wounded man was"


The Samaritan had a heart of love that transcended all barriers.


It’s not always popular or convenient or cheap to follow the example of the Good Samaritan, but it is the right way.


Who is your neighbor?