In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught what makes the gospel irresistible is God’s compassion for all people. Those that others find reprehensible God finds irresistible.
There is no price too high that God would not pay for any of us. We matter to God. We are priceless to Him!
THE CHARACTERS IN THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN…
A Certain Man
“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”—Luke 10:30
The certain man represents us in our fallen condition—naked, wounded, and left for dead by sin and Satan.
The Jewish Priest
“Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”—Luke 10:31
The Jewish priest pictures the Law of God. Keeping the Law—a list of “righteous works” cannot save you.
“Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.”—Luke 10:32
The Levites were keepers of religious rituals in the Jewish temple. “Religious works” cannot save you.
The Good Samaritan
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”—Luke 10:33-34
The Good Samaritan represents God’s heart of compassion while we were dead in our sins!
Jesus paid a debt He did not owe for a price we could not pay! Though He was the sinless Son of God, He died for the sins of men.
Let’s go and show God’s irresistible heart of compassion. Because to God, every person is priceless.
Join Pastor Phil Hopper at Abundant Life as he gives an inspiring message that…
Reminds us of God’s compassionate heart
Encourages us to draw near to God
Compels us to show mercy and “go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37)
Go deeper into understanding the parable of the Good Samaritan and God’s heart of compassion toward you!
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