The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37 ESV, Colin Munroe, Lead Pastor

The Good Samaritan

What must you do to inherit eternal life?

What does the Bible say?

Who is my neighbor?

Luke 10:25-37 (ESV)
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Luke 10:25 (ESV)
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

  • Believe in Christ.

John 1:12 (ESV)
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Luke 10:26 (ESV)
He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”

  • Perfect question! What does God’s Word say?
  • When you are tested by the enemy this should be the question you ask also.
  • This is why we hide scripture in our heart.
  • How do you interpret it? 
  • We now have the author’s help. Ask!

Luke 10:27 (ESV)
And he answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.”

  • How do we love God? Obedience!
  • 5 Love Languages – Acts of service, quality time…
  • With all your heart!

Matthew 5:8 (ESV)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

John 14:21-23 (ESV)
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

  • Every aspect of our lives should be loving the Lord
  • It is a complete and thorough love for the Lord
  • This is what we were made for!
  • The Holy Spirit empowers this purpose.
  • The heart is the center of emotions, desires, and affections.
  • The soul is a person’s “being” and uniqueness.
  • The strength refers to the drive or will.
  • The mind is the center of the intellect. 
  • Love must be complete.
  • Then we move from vertical to horizontal – love your neighbor as yourself.

Luke 6:31 (ESV)
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Matthew 25:40 (ESV)
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Luke 10:28 (ESV)
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

  • This fulfills the Law. Do it and you will live.

Leviticus 18:5 (ESV)
You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.

  • Do this – problem we can’t, we need help/grace.

Luke 10:29 (ESV)
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

  • We can’t be justified by works!
  • How good is good enough?

Romans 5:1-2 (ESV)
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Luke 10:30-35 (ESV)
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 

  • Jesus journeyed to where we were – not welcomed
  • Saw us and had compassion.
  • Much like the Samaritan, Jesus was hated by those He help or saved.
  • Jesus sacrificed for our healing
  • Did for us what others wouldn’t or couldn’t!

34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’

Luke 10:36-37 (ESV)
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

  • The expert in the Law could not say Samaritan.
  • The Priest and the Levite loved themselves more than their neighbor.
  • Do you show others this kind of mercy?
  • This parable also clearly addresses prejudice.
  • What keeps you from show the mercy Jesus showed you?
  • Who is your neighbor that you are to love?
  • You don’t pick your neighbors they move in.
  • Love is costly!

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