Day Five

Week Four - Day Five
Loving those Jesus Loves

 

LISTEN

Luke 10:25-37 - And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

 

LEARN

Jesus is the Good Samaritan. Satan robs us, strips us and wounds us. We are not only left “half-dead” as the wounded man in the story; we are left completely dead in our sins and trespasses. God’s perfect standard, referred to as the Law, looks upon us as the priest and the Levite. It offers no compassion or relief. It passes us by without the power to help us and instead condemns us to death just as the traveler was left to die. We are left without an apparent glimmer of hope, until Jesus walks by. He stops and has compassion on us. He stoops to lift us up and bind our bleeding wounds. The oil the Samaritan uses is Christ’s own blood poured out over our sins, and he pays all of our expenses on his own account through his death on the cross.

Because of Jesus’ love for us, we are able to go out into the world and do the same (1 John 4:19). The mark of our Christian love is seen when we love others who are helpless to meet the perfect standard God requires and point them to our helper, Jesus. Notice Jesus’ command in v. 37, “You go, and do likewise.” It is a command to us, also. Christians should be the most loving people on Earth. Jesus’ heart is unreserved, unrestrained and unselfish. He died breathing a prayer over his enemies after spending his life healing and saving others. He would not save himself because his sacrifice meant life for us. Jesus poured out his fervent love and affection on all of his neighbors, especially the lost and unsaved. We, too, should be desperate to turn those who are lost back to their Savior’s love.

 

LIVE

• Do you have the same compassion for your One Life that Jesus does for you? What prevents your heart of compassion from flowing out into your life?