A first century physician named Luke set out on a careful investigation of the life and ministry of Jesus so he could accurately document the truth. This careful investigation resulted in Luke’s Gospel that we now have as the 3rd book of the New Testament.
Among the many unique qualities of Luke’s account, he documents several parables that Jesus told that you will find in no other gospel.
One of these such parables is what has come to be called the parable of the good Samaritan.
There is much to teach about and discuss from this parable that is found in the 10th chapter of Luke. One could spend time highlighting the reasons Jesus chose a Jewish man to be the one who fell among thieves, was robbed, and left for dead.
We could discuss the priest and the temple assistant that walked by the dying man and did not offer him the help he needed. We could also very easily focus on the fact that the one person who did come to the care of the Jewish man was a ‘despised Samaritan.’
All of those conversations would have their merit and would indeed be worthy of discussion.
But, I think what’s most important in this story is not who cared for the man in need…but that he was cared for.
In verse 33 Jesus says that the Samaritan man “felt compassion for him.”
The Samaritan then proceeded to care for the man and even got him to inn continue his care and recovery.
Jesus, after having what I like to call a “teachable moment” by-way of telling this parable, asks those listening to name the person who acted like a true ‘neighbor.’ Of course the crowd replies by saying, “The one who showed mercy.”
Now, before Jesus exits the scene and heads toward Jerusalem with disciples, He first tell the crowd whose answered His questions correctly, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
Jesus didn’t stick around to debate or discuss.
Jesus didn’t stand around trying to convince.
Jesus wasn’t taking suggestions and He wasn’t hoping everyone agreed.
He had to go.
And He told them to ‘go’ also.
Go and do the same.
Go and care for someone.
Go and bandage someone’s wounds.
Go and serve someone in need.
That is what a person that feels compassion does. They take action. They meet a need. They act.
Today, let us go and do the same.