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Who Is My Neighbor? The Good Samaritan Lu:10:25: And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal.

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1 Who Is My Neighbor? The Good Samaritan Lu:10:25: And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Lu:10:26: He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? Lu:10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Lu:10:28: And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. Lu:10:29: But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

2 Scene A man travels from Jerusalem to Jericho, and is beaten - Lk 10:30 A man travels from Jerusalem to Jericho, and is beaten - Lk 10:30Lk 10:30Lk 10:30 a. A distance of about 20 miles a. A distance of about 20 miles b. A dangerous road, known as "The Way of Blood" because of the robbers b. A dangerous road, known as "The Way of Blood" because of the robbers c. Stripped of his clothing and wounded by thieves, he is left half dead c. Stripped of his clothing and wounded by thieves, he is left half dead We are leaving in the world of constant danger and at any point in time we will meet our appointment with Mr. DEATH. People loses their lives for various reasons but we lose our lives anyway – Luke 19:10. it is an appointment. We are leaving in the world of constant danger and at any point in time we will meet our appointment with Mr. DEATH. People loses their lives for various reasons but we lose our lives anyway – Luke 19:10. it is an appointment. Our lives are threatened with many dangers and life itself is a dangerous road. Our lives are threatened with many dangers and life itself is a dangerous road. Being robbed, Meeting accidents, Insurance ---, Losing our possessions, Sickness, Losing our jobs, Betrayal, Losing our love onesBeing robbed, Meeting accidents, Insurance ---, Losing our possessions, Sickness, Losing our jobs, Betrayal, Losing our love ones Hell and lake of fire is waiting for those who have never has the promised protection of Christ --- condemned, wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), lake of fire (Rev 21:8)Hell and lake of fire is waiting for those who have never has the promised protection of Christ --- condemned, wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), lake of fire (Rev 21:8) Joh:3:18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Joh:3:18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. The VICTIM is a typology of SINNERS – HELPLESS and in need of CHRIST The VICTIM is a typology of SINNERS – HELPLESS and in need of CHRIST Wounded. Isa:53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.Wounded. Isa:53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Helpless. Unable to treat himself nor bring himself to the nearest hospital/innHelpless. Unable to treat himself nor bring himself to the nearest hospital/inn

3 I. The Thieves saw a Victim to Exploit. V30 1. They did not view him as a creation of God. 2. They did not care about his needs as an individual. 3. They only sought to take from him anything that was of value to him. We must remember that God gave us things to use, but he gave us people to love.We must remember that God gave us things to use, but he gave us people to love. When we start loving things, we will start using people.When we start loving things, we will start using people. 4. That is the philosophy of the world. Humanistic in nature…looking out for #1 Humanistic in nature…looking out for #1 Get what you want…no matter who it may hurt. Get what you want…no matter who it may hurt. Total SELFishness. Total SELFishness.

4 II. The Priest and Levite saw a nuisance to avoid. v31-32 A. The Road to Jericho was often traveled by religious men of the day. B. The Priest and Levite are representative of religion. Religion = man's attempt to make himself acceptable to God. Religion = man's attempt to make himself acceptable to God. It is futile. (pointless, useless, fruitless, vain, ineffective, unsuccessful, wasted)It is futile. (pointless, useless, fruitless, vain, ineffective, unsuccessful, wasted) (Rom 3:10) "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" (Rom 3:10) "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Man is still the center of attention in this effort. Man is still the center of attention in this effort. C. They avoided this one who was in such obvious need.

5 II. The Priest and Levite saw a nuisance to avoid. v31-32 D. Perhaps their reasoning was along these lines: 1. "I have been serving in the Temple. I have done my part…my duty!" a. Too often, Christians excuse their lack of having a personal ministry because they attend church regularly. b. Our church attendance is important to our spiritual growth as believers, but … c. It doesn't help our neighbor learn of the saving grace of God. d. Go to them and share the WORD OF GOD – Matt 28:19, "It's not my fault!" a. True, we are not the blame for the pain and misery that some poor wretched sinner has to go through… b. But we are to blame if we allow them to remain in that condition. 3. "Let someone else do it!" Everybody saw a need that anybody could meet, and thought that surely somebody would take care of it, but nobody ever did. The priest could have said, "Well, I see the Levite coming. I will let him take care of the situation." The priest could have said, "Well, I see the Levite coming. I will let him take care of the situation." The Levite could have said, "The priest didn't do anything, so why should I?" The Levite could have said, "The priest didn't do anything, so why should I?"

6 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 A. Christ-like example. B. Note his behavior. 1. He made no excuses, had no ill motives, but simply did what he could to meet the need he saw. 2. He was willing to get involved personally. a. He had COMPASSION, not pity. Compassion means placing ourselves in the individual's position, feeling everything that he must feel, and then acting upon that realization.Compassion means placing ourselves in the individual's position, feeling everything that he must feel, and then acting upon that realization. Compassion is a characteristic of our Lord.Compassion is a characteristic of our Lord. (Mat 9:36) "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd." (Mat 9:36) "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd." When we have compassion toward others, we will treat them as God has treated us.When we have compassion toward others, we will treat them as God has treated us. We are going to hell and God saved We are going to hell and God saved We were naked and God clothed us We were naked and God clothed us We were down but God lifted us We were down but God lifted us We were hungry and God fed us We were hungry and God fed us We were thirsty and God gave us eternal water and our thirst were QUENCHED We were thirsty and God gave us eternal water and our thirst were QUENCHED Where would we be now, if God had not loved us enough to give His Son to die on Calvary that we might be saved?Where would we be now, if God had not loved us enough to give His Son to die on Calvary that we might be saved?

7 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 A. Christ-like example. B. Note his behavior. 1. He made no excuses, had no ill motives, but simply did what he could to meet the need he saw. 2. He was willing to get involved personally. a. He had COMPASSION, not pity. b. Contact: He went to him. He could have made some excuse to avoid making contact with the wounded man. Excuses like: being busy, what if the guy was just pretending and then he will rob me also.He could have made some excuse to avoid making contact with the wounded man. Excuses like: being busy, what if the guy was just pretending and then he will rob me also. But love doesn't look at the obstacles, but only sees opportunities.But love doesn't look at the obstacles, but only sees opportunities. Many of us fail to see the need, because we are not in contact with others. (and that is the way we want to keep it!)Many of us fail to see the need, because we are not in contact with others. (and that is the way we want to keep it!) The need of personal contact or relationship with CHRIST – Joh:1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:c. Care:it isn't enough to have compassion and make contact, we must minister to their need.The need of personal contact or relationship with CHRIST – Joh:1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:c. Care:it isn't enough to have compassion and make contact, we must minister to their need.

8 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 A. Christ-like example. B. Note his behavior. 1. He made no excuses, had no ill motives, but simply did what he could to meet the need he saw. 2. He was willing to get involved personally. a. He had COMPASSION, not pity. b. Contact: He went to him. c. He cleansed and soothed the man's wounds. He bound them up and brought him to the inn for further care. (Mat 20:28) "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. He bound them up and brought him to the inn for further care. (Mat 20:28) "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. What is the need of MAN and what help can we give them? What is the need of MAN and what help can we give them? What is the medicine to mans spiritual wound/SIN? Eph:1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; What is the medicine to mans spiritual wound/SIN? Eph:1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

9 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 A. Christ-like example. B. Note his behavior. 1. He made no excuses, had no ill motives, but simply did what he could to meet the need he saw. 2. He was willing to get involved personally. a. He had COMPASSION, not pity. b. Contact: He went to him. c. He cleansed and soothed the man's wounds. d. Cost: he was willing to pay.

10 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 d. Cost: he was willing to pay. 1.A ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing. Give and Sacrifice! 2.It cost the Samaritan time, money, and effort. He willingly paid even though there was no possibility of repayment. He willingly paid even though there was no possibility of repayment. 3.Our salvation in Christ is free to us, but it cost our Lord! Rom 6:23, Eph 2:8, 9 4.THE COST OF COMPASSION...

11 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 d. Cost: he was willing to pay. 4. THE COST OF COMPASSION A willingness to cross social barriers 4.1. A willingness to cross social barriers a. As Jesus illustrated in using a Samaritan in this parable a. As Jesus illustrated in using a Samaritan in this parable b. There should be no religious, racial, or national barriers to showing compassion! b. There should be no religious, racial, or national barriers to showing compassion! 4.2. A willingness to take risks 4.2. A willingness to take risks a. The Samaritan took a great risk by stopping to help a. The Samaritan took a great risk by stopping to help 1) What if the robbers were still near by? 1) What if the robbers were still near by? 2) What if other thieves came by on this road 2) What if other thieves came by on this road known as "The Way Of Blood"? b. So Christians are called upon to take risks – b. So Christians are called upon to take risks – cf. Lk 6:30 Lk 6:30Lk 6:30 1) How do we know people won't take advantage of 1) How do we know people won't take advantage of our generosity? 2) Perhaps this is an area where we need to have 2) Perhaps this is an area where we need to have faith in God! We do things for CHRIST

12 III. The Samaritan saw an opportunity to minister. V33-35 d. Cost: he was willing to pay. 4. THE COST OF COMPASSION A willingness to cross social barriers 4.1. A willingness to cross social barriers 4.2. A willingness to take risks 4.2. A willingness to take risks 4.3. A willingness to set aside busy schedules 4.3. A willingness to set aside busy schedules a. The Samaritan was on a journey, but took the time to stop and care for the man a. The Samaritan was on a journey, but took the time to stop and care for the man b. Jesus taught us to take the time to show compassion even when forced - Mt 5:41 b. Jesus taught us to take the time to show compassion even when forced - Mt 5:41Mt 5:41Mt 5:41 1) The first mile may have been forced 1) The first mile may have been forced 2) But the second mile was one to be given out of Love 2) But the second mile was one to be given out of Love 4.4. A willingness to make sacrifices 4.4. A willingness to make sacrifices a. The Samaritan sacrificed more than just time and energy a. The Samaritan sacrificed more than just time and energy 1) He used some of his own provisions - Lk 10:34 1) He used some of his own provisions - Lk 10:34Lk 10:34Lk 10:34 2) He even offered an open-ended agreement to provide for his help - Lk 10:35 2) He even offered an open-ended agreement to provide for his help - Lk 10:35Lk 10:35Lk 10:35 b. Jesus taught His disciples to be willing to make sacrifices - Lk 6:29-30,34-35 b. Jesus taught His disciples to be willing to make sacrifices - Lk 6:29-30,34-35 Lk 6: Lk 6: c. In so doing, we are truly followers of God and walking in love - Ep 5:1-2 c. In so doing, we are truly followers of God and walking in love - Ep 5:1-2Ep 5:1-2Ep 5:1-2

13 Conclusion A call to the missionary/Samaritans: Let me see this world dear Lord as though I were looking through your eyes. A world of men who don't want you Lord. But a world for which you died. Let me kneel with you in the garden. Blur my eyes with tears of agony. For if once I could see this world the way you see. I just know I'd Serve you more faithfully.A call to the missionary/Samaritans: Let me see this world dear Lord as though I were looking through your eyes. A world of men who don't want you Lord. But a world for which you died. Let me kneel with you in the garden. Blur my eyes with tears of agony. For if once I could see this world the way you see. I just know I'd Serve you more faithfully. A call to the victims: Helpless, religious and unable to do anything. If you are here this morning without Christ, you need to come and accept Jesus as your Savior.A call to the victims: Helpless, religious and unable to do anything. If you are here this morning without Christ, you need to come and accept Jesus as your Savior.


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