The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:30-37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Good Samaritan
30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [a]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two [b]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [c]the same.”
A long time ago my mom had taken me and my little brother on a Caribbean Cruise. I was about twelve and my brother was about six. We had made it to Jamaica and while driving from the docks to the inner city we saw a kid about my brothers height and build using the ground as a toilet, and he was NOT doing #1. I started crying while explaining to my mom what I just saw. I always loved the window seat until that day. My life had forever changed by one very graphic scene. My mom had to explain how fortunate we are and the things we take for granted. I was broken, hurt, and confused. I tried quickly to forget so continued on the trip like nothing had happened. But, once I got home, I really had to use the restroom and started remembering what I had seen in Jamaica.
Sometimes I wonder if at that very moment was I going to continue my life as a priest or a levite or was I going to become and live a lifestyle of a good Samaritan. The priest is a leader of spirituality called by God to serve humanity. Not this priest. Just like me, he turned a blind eye to the situation completely evading it, turning his head as if the man was not right in front of his face. Was I going to be a Levite called by God to service needs for the people and just walk away. He is the priest’ assistant. I was in a bus that had a functioning bathroom. I would not have seen all of these details if it weren’t that the bus stopped in the middle of street because of traffic. I could have offered the little boy some water, food, and a bathroom. The difference between the priest, the levite, and the Good Samaritan is the move of compassion that the Good Samaritan had. He cleaned and bandaged the wounds, put the man on his only way of transportation and sheltered him so he could have proper rest and recover. After coming home and remembering what I had seen I chose to change some things. I would volunteer at soup kitchens or food banks. I would go and clean parks by myself with no one else and no one's prompting. I would also be a friend to those who seem not to have any friends. As a twelve year old I may not be able to change the circumstances in Jamaica or end world hunger or obtain world domination (lol), but I can start at home, work (school for you guys), or in my neighborhood or city. I’ve also learned how to use social media to share words of hope. At the end of the story Jesus said to man who he was telling the story to “Go and do likewise”. That is my commision to you. Now it’s your turn. Make you self a list of three things you can do to be a Good Samaritan and show mercy to others. Remember: As a good Samaritan of Stage 217 at House of Praise International we are called to the nations to Love God, Serve People and reach our world of influence.
Pray this prayer,
Father, you are the ultimate good Samaritan. You have cleansed our wounds, bandaged them, picked us up, and sheltered us. I pray you fill us with your Holy spirit so we may be like you and show mercy and compassion to those around us. Allow our spiritual eyes to be awaken so we can see the physically, mentally, and spiritually broken neighbors around us. Teach us to be care takers for others. Give us words so we may speak hope to all of those who encounter us. Equip us to bandage other people's wounds and to help them carry their burdens to the cross. Lead and guide us as we continue to walk out the commission you have commanded of us.
In the name of your Son Jesus. Amen