Summary: This looks at the parable of the Good Samaritan in a whole different light
The Answer to the Question
I want us tonight to allow the Holy Spirit to open our thinking and get outside of our box
We are going to look at the parable of the Good Samaritan…many of you know this story and even taught it
We’ve been taught to be like the Good Samaritan
And we should do that AMEN… we should love the down and out; the hurting; the wounded
And even though this is a truth in the bible…really that is not what Jesus is teaching here and it is more than a parable and I want us to see that tonight
The title to my message is “The Answer to the Question”
Now in this passage, I want to tell you that the complete fall and redemption of mankind is laid out here
And if we will allow the Holy Spirit to show us, it will help us to be able to give THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION
Let’s look at it together as we begin…
Vs 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
First part of the question “What must I do to be saved?”
Vs 26 Jesus replies with a question (read it) “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
Vs 27 What was the lawyer’s reply? (read it) He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
Vs 28 Look at Jesus’ reply (read it) “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
Vs 29 second part of question (read it) But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
So let’s stop for a minute and look at this…
The question then is “Who is the neighbor that I must love as myself in order to be saved?” DO WE SEE THAT?
So then Jesus begins with the story that we all know as the Good Samaritan
Vs 30 (read) In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
A man (KJV “certain man”) from Jerusalem (heaven) to Jericho (earth)
Who is the man? The man is ADAM (Expound) – stay with me here…
• He fell into the hands of robbers/thieves
• Who is the thief? (John 10:10 “the thief comes to steal , kill, and destroy”)
• Three fold Curse
o Beaten (wounded – sick) – never intended by God
Wounded – Greek –heavy affliction/plague
o Stripped of garments
Raiment (KJV) – Greek = clothing of the soul
What was Adam clothed in before the fall? (Righteousness)
o Left-half dead (spiritual) – turn to Gen 2:17
Vs. 31 (read) A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
The Priest represents “RELIGION” why did the priest pass by? Religion can’t help you (Expound)
Vs 32 (read) So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
The Levite represents “THE LAW” why did levite pass by? LAW can’t help you…it is only to point out sin but can’t save you from sin (Young Rich Ruler)
Vs 33 (read) But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was and had compassion
How many of you know Jesus was on a journey? He had compassion on us
Jesus is the Samaritan here – He came from where He was – from heaven to earth
And saw Adam beaten, stripped, and left half-dead – listen you and I are Adam
Vs 34 (read) He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
The Samaritan WENT TO HIM - bandaged up his wounds – by His stripes we are healed – he bore our wounds
Poured in him OIL and WINE – Oil representing salvation and wine representing the indwelling of the Holy Ghost
This is not the natural thing to do for someone who has been beaten…look Saints there is more to it here if we will look
The Samaritan (Jesus) takes Him to the Inn (church)
Vs. 35 (read) The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’