Text: Luke 10:25-37
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
1. Dealing with down days
“Went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.”
*In your destiny there are DOWN times. There are days when you feel like your world of peace is breaking down like Jericho’s wall. There are times when the road you have taken, leads you down.
2. Evaluate your relationships
“Fell among thieves.”
*Destiny at times can be harsh based on those we are surrounded by. This person fell among thieves. The text lends itself to indicate relationships with wrong people. Notice the word among!
*As we pursue the divine plan of God in our lives, you will notice that not all around you are looking for your good, some are strategic thieves.
*Thieves will never rob a poor man!
*On the road he chose, he fell among thieves, they were always around him.
*Who is around you?
3. Consequences of corrupt company
“Who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”
*Clothing represents covering.
*Wounds are results of opening up to the immature people who use your secrets against you.
*The measure for true friendships is consistency in hard times.
*Thieves leave when you fall. They depart.
*Half dead is a picture of living with unfulfilled dreams and desires.
*Satan uses people to abandon you here, so as to destroy your capacity to hope again.
4. Destiny is not by chance, it is by divine design!
“Now by chance a certain priest came down that road when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”
*Don’t leave your destiny to chance.
*Never assume that everybody will help you based on your location or religious affiliation.
*The pain of down time, is when able people see you hurting, yet they pass by the other side.
5. Powerless in the place of pain!
“Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.”
*Maybe it was the Sabbath. Able people can help you, but they are bound by laws to not show compassion. (what governs you? Grace or law?)
*The distress that overwhelms the hurting is that people come to look but never help.
*Hurt is when you can see the other-side of your pain, yet you can’t get there, but help passes there yet ignores you here.
6. The certainty of grace!
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.
*The Priest came down that road, yet passed by the other side
*The Levite arrived at that place, he too passed by the other side
*The beauty of God’s grace is a Samaritan was on a journey. He was not planning to stop there.
*The word reveals he came where he was.
*This is the place of grace.
*Grace will not pass by the other side.
*GRACE stoops down to where you are.
*The priest & Levite have rank of law yet the Samaritan has God’s rank of grace!
*Grace does not criticize the failure of others, grace moves to restore the broken.
7. The labor of love!
“And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
*The insight of the prophetic is to produce compassion not judgment.
*Fallen people know they are down.
*Love will bandage your wounds and not expose them.
*The oil you carry is to pour out on the wounds of the broken body.
*Wine brings joy and numbs the pain to relieve the strain.
*Sometimes you feel what you have is for your journey, yet God has blessed you for others.
*Love will always labor for another, yet law labors for self!
*Law will pass you by!
*Grace will set you up.
*Law will leave you where you are.
*Grace will bring you inn.
*Law will leave you half dead
*Grace will restore your life.
8. The cost of compassion!
“On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.”
– he took out
– gave them to
– whatever more you spend
– I will repay you
*When your revelation of grace and the kingdom does not move you to spend on those who need your help in the day of their down time, you have missed the greatest which is love what you really are is nothing!
*When your ministry budget is bigger on saving then spending, if fixed on hoarding rather than restoring, then mammon is your god. remember the temple and its gold was torn down for the church of Jesus Christ.
*The grip of greed sees a man too costly to restore!
*We have all to see the cost of the cross and understand the pain of spending on people who are left half dead…yet money is most needed to take care for the half living!
*Global trends and money shifters, pass the wounded by because of the costs of compassion and critical care!
*If we do not make adjustments now to accommodate the fallen, soon the day will come when we might fall among thieves.
*The thieves this fallen man was amongst left him with nothing, the priesthood of the law ignored his condition, the levite who is attached to God’s law passed his obvious pain.
There is one reason for this friends, only one!
It is costly to restore fallen people who lost everything.
+ Grace does not criticize the failure of others.
+ Grace moves to restore the broken.
+ Grace pays what the law saves.
+ Grace gives what the law keeps.
+ Grace has integrity to keep accounts open for the wounded!
+ The inn of restoration is open for payment of grace from the hands of compassion.
Let this be known…God is raising people who have the resources to restore your destiny, and yes they will invest in you regardless of cost because when you are healed, divine wisdom will remind you of the thieves that stripped you, the able men that abandoned you and the Good Samaritan that empowered you!
*You were once half dead…but now you are alive in Christ!
I close with this, the lawyer who asked the question on behalf of the laws prosecutor of grace lost before the jury of revelation after the advocate of love presented indisputable evidence arising from the cost of true compassion.
I decree…some nobody is on a journey to restore you! it is well! God is not unfaithful! you are too costly not to be restored again!