Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here’ (Luke 10:33-35 New Living Translation).
In this parable, a despised Samaritan stops to help the man who was beaten and left on the roadside. He soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine, and even bandaged them to keep them from becoming dirty and infected. He gave up his comfortable ride and put the wounded man on his donkey, taking him to an inn for further care. He needed to move on, yet he entrusted the wounded man to the innkeeper to nurse the man back to health, and promised to pay for any extra care the next time he was there.
In this parable, Jesus depicts Himself as the Samaritan – despised by the Jews, yet full of compassion for man. Jesus meets us where we are, no matter how dirty, how beaten, how sick or sore or sweaty or bloody we are, He soothes and bandages our wounds. He won’t leave us in our despondent state, He puts us on His ride and takes us to a place where we can be nursed back to health, and He trusts us to the care of the innkeeper, the Holy Spirit, promising to pay for extra care when He comes back.
We don’t have to clean and bandage ourselves up to meet with Jesus, He comes to us and takes us to where He wants us to heal and recover. He places us in the care of the Holy Spirit to attend to us, knowing we are in the perfect place. There is no where we can go where the healing and compassionate hand of Christ cannot take us from. Life and religion will leave us beaten by the roadside, but Jesus will always stop to care for us.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of Your Word, for the ministry of Your Word and for the compassion of Your Word. May we be like Christ and meet the downtrodden and despondent on the roadside, getting into the trenches with them and care for the wounded. May we allow the ministry of Your Holy Spirit to nurture and care for them, while directing us to them. May we see this world through Your eyes, and act accordingly. Father, we thank You for caring for us and for loving us. We give You all glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Meditate on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life today, and allow Him to direct your path to someone who is lying in the ditch. Be Jesus to someone.
Additional Scriptures: John 16:7-8; John 14:15-17