From Pastor Perry

07/08/2013 Luke 10:29-37

Luke 10:29–37 (ESV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Part 2)
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.”

Yesterday, the lawyer asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  If you can live a perfect life, then do it.  As we all know, that is impossible.  So the real answer is “nothing”.  You cannot do anything to inherit eternal life.  The reading from Saturday, Jesus indicated that “22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  Jesus does everything necessary for you to inherit eternal life.  He alone lives the perfect life, and dies for your sins as a substitute and God raises him up from the dead, accepting the sacrifice for atonement of your sins.  It is also Jesus who chooses you, not the other way around.  Today, the lawyer asks a question back to Jesus: “Who is my neighbor?”  A question I hear often today and often wrongly answered.  Some want to say my neighbors are those who live on my street.  Some say those who live in my community, some say city.... others say in my country.  What does Jesus say?  Jesus uses the parable of the Good Samaritan to teach the lawyer... as well as you and me, that our neighbor is anyone.  The Samaritan and the Jew were not friendly to each other, but Jesus teaches that all people are your neighbors.  Now I know a lot of people are not going to like this, but tough luck.  Jesus says to love your neighbors as yourself (Matt 22:39), but he also says to “27But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.[Luke 6:27-28]”  Well, if we are to love our neighbors and to love our enemies... now you know why I said tough luck.  We are to love all people.

I pray: O Lord, help me to be a good neighbor to all people, even those who hate and despise me.  Help me to not get discouraged and to pray for all.  It is so easy to turn away from those who hate you, but Lord, help me to turn to them and to help them.  Use me Lord as a living sacrifice, to share the love of Jesus to all people.  Amen.

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