On the Jericho Road
all know the story commonly called, The Good Samaritan. It does not take
too much imagination to place ourselves in the role of any character in the
story. We all can identify with the man in the story, for all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God (Ro. 3:23). We all rejoice that the Savior met us
at our point of need as we lay bruised and beaten in the gutter of sin.
10:30 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.
told this story in response to the interrogation of a self-righteous lawyer, who
had asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked him how he
interpreted the meaning of the law. His answer was, You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with
all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.
accepted his answer as correct, however the man required the definition of the
word neighbor. Thus, the story of The Good Samaritan.
certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Jesus didnít say whether this
man was white or black, rich or poor, a saint or a scoundrel. God only sees
creation as people created in His own image, who have fallen and are in need of
restoration. We read in Revelation of an innumerable multitude of people at the
throne, giving praise and honor to the Lamb of God. Their song is recorded in
Rev. 5:8, You have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and
tongue and kindred and nation.
distinctions of these words, tribe, tongue, kindred and nation paint a vivid
word picture explaining the composition of the body of Christ. The composition
might be likened to a large mural that is made of embedded stones and pebbles.
Each one in different in shape, size and color. When they are put in the proper
place by the artist, they made a grand picture.
man went from Jerusalem which was the city of peace, the center of religion and
the place where God had placed his name. He was traveling on a downward course
to the city of Jericho which has always been a type of sin. He was attacked by
thieves who beat and stripped him and left him for dead. We know that the work
of the master thief is to kill and destroy (Jn. 10:10). Weíve all had our
bouts with the thieves of sin. They have various names, but their job is to kill
and destroy and they do it very efficiently.
text continues in Luke 10:31-32 And by chance there came down a certain
priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And
likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed
by on the other side.
priest and Levite represent dead and unresponsive religion. Unfortunately, there
are times we may be able to identify with these religious types, whether we
admit it or not. We get so busy doing Godís work that we are blinded to what
His work really is. I have seen churches who would not respond to prisoners or
their families, who appeared to be from a different social class and who we
could say were from the wrong side of the tracks. We can thank God that Jesus
never recognized such divisions.
Samaritan was a half-breed of a different culture and religion. He was
absolutely from the wrong side of the tracks. By using such a one as this in His
illustration, Jesus was sure to ruffle the feathers of this self-righteous
professor. Jesus has a way of doing that, doesn't He? Every nation and region
has always had a class of people who were looked down on and held in disdain and
in ancient Palestine, it was the Samaritans.
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. - Luke 10:33-34
thing that distinguished the Samaritan from others was that he had compassion.
He bound up the manís wounds and treated them with oil and wine. Of course the
Good Samaritan is a type of the Lord Jesus. He found us beaten and bloody,
wasted by sin, laying in the gutter on the road to hell. He didnít ask why we
were there. He didnít cast blame. He didnít demand that we present ourselves
at the temple, before the religious dignitaries, to be evaluated for possible
restoration. No, He met us there in the gutter, at our point of need. When Jesus
appeared, that gutter on the road to Jericho became a grand cathedral. It became
holy ground, because Jesus was there. Jesus washed us in the wine of His blood
and filled us with the oil of the Holy Ghost and we will never be the same.
constantly demonstrated His compassion in the gospels. He was able to weep over
the sinful city of Jerusalem and at the grave of His friend, Lazarus. As Hebrews
4:15 tells us, He truly was touched by the feeling of our infirmities.
Twice He fed great multitudes with just a handful of food. After raising a young
girl from the dead, His instructions were to give her something to eat. On one
occasion, He even broiled some fish for some weary fishermen.
man told Jesus that if He would, He could heal him. Jesus simply said, "I
will." No examination, no qualifications, no recriminations, simply "I
will." At another occasion on the Jericho road he heard the cry of a blind
man whom the disciples were trying to hush. This man had an urgent need. He was
blind and needed to see. Jesus met his need and healed him on the spot.
day Jesus felt compelled to cross the proverbial tracks and go through Samaria.
In fact Jesus spent a lot of time on the wrong side of the tracks. Arenít you
glad for that! There he met a women who happened to be of the wrong race and the
wrong religion and she wasnít exactly spotless in reputation. Jesus met her at
her point of need and offered her Living Water so that she would never thirst
again (Jn. 4:13-14).
found another women who was about to be stoned for adultery. Her accusers, being
all men. had evidently decreed some much less severe penalty for the man in this
story. Perhaps a good sharp slap on the wrist. Jesus extended instant
forgiveness with the injunction to go and sin no more (Jn 8:11). This
women found her altar at the feet of Jesus. Jesus had met her where she was, at
her point of need.
said that He was the Good Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep (Jn. 10:11).
He came to seek and to save the lost. He actively pursued and wooed the sinner.
Weíve all seen the picture of Christ holding on to a branch while reaching
down to rescue a stranded lamb. As the old song says, "I was that one lost
sheep." Jesus left ninety nine righteous saints singing and shouting at the
church house and pursued me.
Samaritan took the poor soul to a local inn, made a down payment and left
instructions for any further expense to be put on his tab. He promised to come
again and repay the expense.
10:33-35 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.
has left us a down payment. He has filled us with His Spirit which Paul stated
was the earnest or down payment of our inheritance. He has promised to return
and there is a ledger being kept, whether of good or of evil. Jesus will repay.
6:10 tells us, For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the
saints, and do minister. We know that even a cup of water given in the name
of Jesus will be worthy of a reward (Mr. 9:41). On the other hand, Christ is
coming to exercise vengeance upon those who donít know God and who donít
obey the gospel of Christ (2 Th. 1:8). He said He is coming and that His reward
is with Him.
gave an absolute assurance that He would respond to anybody who would come to
Him. He stated in John 6:37 .... and him that cometh to me I will in no wise
cast out. What part of no wise donít we understand? Here we have an
absolute promise from an absolute God that if we will come to Him, He will save
us. He will bind up our wounds. He will wash us in His Blood. He will fill us
with His Spirit. He will make provision for us until He returns.
invitation still rings through the ages:
11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light.
if you are lying in the gutter on the road to Jericho and the religious folk
have ignored and passed you by. Look up! Jesus is coming down the road seeking
you. He desires to see you saved. Please respond to His gentle call. You wonít
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