The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)

Dear Immanuel Family and Friends,

In my household we have an expression that goes, “Well, this has taken an ugly turn!” This is what happens to the expert in the Law in this morning’s parable. In a few words he went from an easy win to a dumbfounding result. Jesus wasn’t as easy to trap as he thought. But the expert in the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” And so Jesus shares with him this morning’s parable of a certain man who was attacked, beaten by robbers, and left half dead. Who is the hero in the story, the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan? The expert in the Law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

God has loved us extravagantly. God loves you extravagantly today. And God will love you extravagantly throughout eternity. If we follow Jesus as our savior, we have no right to hate others. Find who, if anyone, you hate, assume the worst of, or desire to suffer. Seek God’s help and blessing in setting yourself free from that burden of hatred. If we are redeemed by God’s grace, despite who and what we are, we have no standing to hate another. As Jesus reminds us in this morning’s story, “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.’ ”

Richest blessings,
Rev. John Cheek


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