Bible Trek 2016 - The Good Samaritan, and How to Be One

At this stage in the ministry of Jesus on earth, we encounter some magnificent and touching stories, told only by Luke and John. In Jerusalem, Jewish leaders brought an adulterous woman to him and challenged him with regard to what should be done with her. His “He is without sin cast the first stone” response became a timeless moral guideline that even until today. He then healed a blind man and used the example to teach about shepherding the flock. Luke, then, records Jesus sending out 72 disciples to preach the good news city by city. After their return, He gives one of the most touching stories of His earthly ministry, the “Good Samaritan.” This parable illustrates the life and teaching of Jesus as well as the life His disciples should follow.

A man is beat up and left for dead by the side of the road. Two religious leaders walk by and not only ignore the man, but move to the other side of the road. We can only speculate that they may have had important appointments, or have been too busy, or felt it would be too messy to get involved, or just disgustingly insensitive. In contrast, a Samaritan, motivated by compassion, lifted up the injured man, poured oil and wine on the wounds, bandaged him up, put him on his donkey and carried him to an Inn to rest until he recovered. Oil and wine signified the spiritual care we are to pour out on the needy and the bandages must refer to a covering of ones “wounds” in life. The practical Inn today, the resting place for the wounded, is the church life. One that is beat up needs both personal and sympathetic care for his wounds and a restful experience in the church life. The motivation? Only compassion. Finally, the Samaritan, knowing that such care requires a price, gave the Inn money for the recovery. Shepherding is not just an emotion; it will cost us our time, money, and soul life. What a beautiful picture of how a shepherd works!