“Jesus, the Great Samaritan” out of Luke 10:25-37 by Pastor Brett Baggett. This is typically known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan. But Jesus shows us that He is the Great Samaritan that is graciously saving and changing us. We also see what Jesus commands His disciples to do in response to His gracious saving work. Jesus shows us what His grace produces in His followers. Week #20 in The King and His Cross sermon series.
COMMUNITY GROUP DISCUSSION
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do toinherit 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 denariiand 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.”
This parable is typically known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan. But Jesus shows us that He is the Great Samaritan that is graciously saving and changing us. We also see what Jesus commands His disciples to do in response to His gracious saving work. Jesus shows us what His grace produces in His followers, and this is it:
The grace of the Great Samaritan produces a life poured out in love and service to one’s neighbor; the same way that Jesus has poured himself out in love and service to you.
Q. What is Jesus doing when he points this Jewish Lawyer to the Law- the to-do list of the Bible? Contrast the difference between Religion and the Gospel when it comes to understanding the purpose of the Law of God.
Ephesians 2 says that before God “made us alive together with Christ, and saved us by grace” we were all spiritually “dead and by nature children of wrath.” Just like the Jewish man that is bloodied in the road, we were completely unable to help ourselves and were in need of an act of grace by the Great Samaritan- Jesus.
Q. Since God has made you alive in Christ, how has your heart and mind changed in the way you see and act in this world?
Q. What are some excuses that you and others have used in neglecting to love others like Jesus has loved you? How does the gospel destroy those very excuses? ***consider having someone write the excuses down and then write down the group’s answers to how the gospel destroys each excuse. Post the group’s answers on the Ekklesia Facebook Group to encourage each other
Remember, radical love isn’t the gospel itself, but it shows a beautiful picture of what the gospel is. Make sure the message goes right alongside the good works. People most of all need to hear the good news of Jesus and they need to see how it looks when it’s changed someone.
Live a life of love and service, empowered by the Holy Spirit, with the gospel as the model, the Bible as the truth, and Jesus as your victorious Great Samaritan.