Luke-The Investigative Gospel
The Story of the Good Samaritan
The question asked of Jesus by this lawyer is: “What do I have to do to have eternal life?”
Jesus wants the lawyer to see that law cannot save anyone because no one can keep the law perfectly.
Jesus defines neighbor with a story but notice that Jesus did not call this story a parable, so it could be the report of an actual occurrence not unlike a first century “Kitty Genovese Story.”
1. Compassion Is Based On Need Not Worth.
The priest has been excused by some down through the years, by saying that he didn’t want to touch the man because he might have been dead, and this would have made the priest ceremonially unclean and he would have been unable to carry out his duties.
Both of these men, saw the man but ignored the need.
2. Compassion Feels Something.
The Samaritan saw the same pitiful man lying in agony beside the road and his heart churned within him so that he could not pass by without helping.
3. Compassion Does Something.
You must move toward people to express compassion, in order to build relationships.
In every one of his acts he demonstrated compassion as he responded in a practical, timely and unselfish way.
4. Compassion Cost Something.
There is nothing more the Samaritan could have done to show his compassion for this man.
5. Compassion Demonstrates Our Relationship to God.
The second question that the lawyer had asked was, “Who is my neighbor?” the question had been turned on him and is now, “What kind of neighbor am I?”
Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Bringing Joy To The Lord’s Heart
1. There Is A Call That Needs Answering
But we do know that when Jesus called they were ready to go.
It is the notion that there is just too much work to do in God’s mission field, and I am only one person what difference can I make.
It is impossible to earnestly pray for the Lord to send laborers into the harvest and not make ourselves available to be a part of the answer.
2. There Is A Consequence That Needs to Be Considered
What is at stake is the eternal destiny of every person who hears the gospel.
People sometimes reject Jesus because of Christians, may that never be true of us.
3. There Is A Joy That Needs To Be Tempered
There is a joy that needs to be tempered by remembering that spiritual highs and emotional victories will come and go but…
4. There Is A Grace That Needs To Be Remembered
The disciples need to remember that while it is true that they’ll be with the Lord forever, it is not because of anything they have contributed but because of His grace.
5. There Is A Privilege that Needs to be Contemplated
He rejoiced because the understanding of that truth did not depend on natural abilities or education.
What is God like? Exactly as Jesus has revealed him.
- The world is perishing with Christ.
- Jesus is coming soon.
- There is a great territory to be covered, a great harvest to reap.
- The need for reaching many as quickly as possible with the gospel is urgent.
- Jesus is Still Sending Are You Going?
Sermon Audio: Peter, Pilate, and Thomas – I Remember…
Speakers: Pastor Frank Clore, Pastor John Pettigrew, Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Peter: Mark 14:27-31, Pilate: John 18-19, Thomas: John 11:11-16,14:5-14,20:24-29
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