Lately I wrote a blog about what a command from the Old Testament tells about Jesus’ Love. Now I will share a story which gives also a deeper understanding of the Good News of Jesus Christ. This story is told by Jesus himself and is found in the Gospel of Luke. Read it for yourself here:
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'” ~ Luke 10,30-35 ~
This story is well-known to many people. They refer to it to state that it is good to have compassion for people around us. Which is, of course, very good indeed. But this story gives us also deeper insights of the Gospel.
The story tells about a man. This man stands for all mankind. The man is going from Jerusalem, which means “City of Peace”, to Jericho, the city which was cursed by Joshua (see: Joshua 6,26). When the man left the City of Peace and went his way to the cursed city, he is attacked and robbed. In the same way mankind, when it fell in sin, lost peace and was robbed of its kingly position on earth. Besides, mankind was half dead as well, because mankind was physically alive, but spiritually dead.
Then we read that a priest and a Levite passed the man on the other side of the road. Why do they not help this man? Because they cannot. Priests and Levites were part of the first Covenant and served in a earthly temple (see: Hebrews 9,1). Where does the Samaritan stands for? The Samaritan stands for the New Covenant, which is introduced by Jesus and through which we can receive forgiveness (see: Matthew 26,27-28 and Luke 22,20). The Samaritan was a foreigner to the Jews and so is Jesus a foreigner to mankind. Jesus came from God to save the world. This is what we also read in the Gospel of John.
Out of his – Jesus – fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. ~ John 1,16-18 ~
This Samaritan, which stands for Jesus, saved the man and healed his wounds. He gives the man a new place to live and pays the costs. We can read that this is prophesied about Jesus by the prophet Isaiah:
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53,4-6 ~
We may be physically alive in this world, but we can suffer from diseases and pain. Jesus paid the price for our healings and in his name we can be healed today. Jesus also paid the price to have a relationship with God again. In this way we can live in peace again and be spiritually alive.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. ~ Ephesians 2,4-5 ~
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. ~ Romans 5,1-2 ~
One last aspect of the story is an image of Jesus for us. The Samaritan made sure that the innkeeper takes care of the man while he is away. The Samaritan also promised to come back. Jesus has ascended to heaven, but will come back. In the meantime he takes care of his followers by giving them the Holy Spirit and he also provides them their needs. When he returns, he will give us an eternal body to live forever with him (see: 1 John 3,2).
Jesus sacrificed himself so you can receive healing and a new life. With Jesus you can live forever! Have you accepted this sacrifice? If not, now is the time to do so, right?
God bless you!