The Good Samaritan – Part 5
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I wish to examine a little more closely the actions of the Good Samaritan with us ever bearing in mind that he is for us a wonderful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. HE HAD COMPASSION FOR THE INJURED MAN
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,” Luke 10:33.
That was totally absent from the hearts of the priest and the Levite.
The Samaritan’s heart was “moved, stirred with pity and concern” for the man.
The hymn says:
There is no love like the love of Jesus,
Never to fade or fall,
Till into the rest of the house of God
He has gathered us all.
There is no heart like the heart of Jesus,
Filled with a tender love;
No throb nor throe that our hearts can know;
But He feels it above.
There is no eye like the eye of Jesus,
Piercing so far away;
Ne’er out of the sight of its tender light
Can the wanderer stray.
“Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not,” Luke 7:12-13.
He not only spoke but He acted and raised her son and so removed her sorrow!
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,” Eph 3:19. It cannot be known without divine help!
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” 1 John 4:9-10.
II. HE CAME TO THE INJURED MAN
That only took only a few steps for the Samaritan but what a journey for the Saviour! See Php 2:6-11. Please read these verses and that many, many times.
“As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men,” Isa 52:14. “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people,” Psa 22:6. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not,” Isa 53:3. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Heb 12:2.