Surely the most famous of Jesus’ parables is the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37). Most people understand what is meant by a ‘good Samaritan.’
But I wonder if people realise the motivation Jesus gave for being a ‘good Samaritan’?
We need to realise we are like the man beaten and half-dead on the road. We are helpless and hopeless, in need of a saviour.
Jesus showed love and mercy to us. It’s only when we’ve had Jesus ‘the good Samaritan’ love us, that we can ‘go and do likewise’ being a ‘good Samaritan’ to others (Luke 10:37).
Loving others in a costly ‘good Samaritan’ way doesn’t earn us eternal life. Rather, it overflows from the riches of God’s love that he pours out on us when we accept eternal life in Jesus Christ. Then we can ‘go and do likewise.’
In Christ, Tory Cayzer