Summary: Challenge to the church to be ready to minister to any and all who need.
HOW DO WE MINISTER TO THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE?
(Luke 10:30 (quickview)  KJV) "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."
(Luke 10:35 (quickview)  KJV) "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."
This is a picture of a man going from the city of God, Jerusalem, down to the city of condemnation, Jericho, but is rescued by a Good Samaritan, The Lord Jesus Christ.
This is also a very clear example of a missionary endeavor – a person of a different nationality, going into another country, ministering to another person of another nationality.
There are three different people that had the opportunity to minister to this man.
Who were these three people?
A priest - Religious leader.
A Levite - Religious person.
The Samaritan – No religion – wasn’t anything.
That truly speaks well for organized religion – doesn’t it?
We don’t know any of the background events. We don’t know it these were just common thieves, or if this man may have owed a debt and this was a way of collecting it. Maybe it would be what we would consider today as gang, or drug related. But we do know that the injured man needed help.
We do know that a priest, a religious leader, saw him in his injured condition and decided to pass on by and not lend a helping hand.
So it was with the Levite. He was a religious person and saw the man was injured and decided also to pass on by.
There was a certain Samaritan that passed by and seeing the man in need offered to help him. Jesus was very impressed with the action of the Samaritan to the point that He recorded it in the eternal Word of God. He tells the man He is talking to to “Go and do likewise.” This tells me that anyone seeking to serve the Lord must do what? “GO AND DO LIKEWISE.”