In Luke 10:25-37 we read about the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
“30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’”
Jesus start by saying “A man was going……”
What do we know about this Man:
- we do not know what religion he was
- we do not know his political view
- we do not know how rich or poor he was
- he could be the drunk that lives around the corner
- he could be the guy from “the other religion”
- he could be the guy who murdered someone
The only thing we know is that he was a man; part of the human race;
And Jesus goes on to say that this man was robbed and beaten; (basically He was in need) and then some people came past took one look at him and went wooh! and walked on the other side of the road but a Samaritan (one who was despised by the audience of the time) and he had compassion on the man.
Jesus asked the question “who was this man’s neighbour?”
They replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Irrespective of his religious view, Irrespective of his political view, Irrespective if he could pay him back or not.
This is the kind of love that is expected of us to have to “a Man” (any man; every man; everyone that is part of the human race) because
Jesus said to them (and to us) “Go and do Likewise.”
One cannot do have this love if one does not know the love that God has for us. The love that would have mercy on us; sinners, defiant to God, yet Jesus was willing to lay down his life for us that we may know this God of love.
We can “go and do likewise” once we have the God of love living in us and flowing His love through us.