"He answered: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"Luke 10:27
The story of The Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus. It teaches us that everyone is our neighbor. When we help those who cannot help themselves, we are loving God with all of our being and loving our neighbor as ourselves.
This Easter season it occurs to me that Jesus was the ultimate Good Samaritan. The Samaritan stopped to help a man who could not help himself; Jesus left heaven to become the one to help us with a problem that we could never fix on our own. The Samaritan poured out his oil to heal the traveler’s wounds; Jesus poured out His blood to heal sin’s mortal wound. The Samaritan paid the innkeeper; Jesus paid our debt to the Father. Each of us has been beaten by sin, robbed of a relationship with God and left to die in sin’s grip. But God has had mercy on us, demonstrating His love when Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8).
What would your life be like if the true Good Samaritan had not stopped for you? He has given life and hope! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Good Samaritan, will empower us to "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37).