A CERTAIN SAMARITAN (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 10: 30-37
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, 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 on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The certain Samaritan not only came where the victim was but had compassion on him. He then went to him, and bound up his wounds… How personal this restorative act of love and kindness gets at this point. He not only came to the place where the man was but to the man personally. Jesus again emerges so beautifully from this point. In Luke 4, Jesus declared Himself as the One fulfilling Isaiah (Chapter 61:1) when He said, "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me… he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…" This man’s wounds mean broken in pieces as does brokenhearted. Only the Original Creator can heal this wound.
This parable speaks so mightily of the Redemptive Work of Christ Jesus. Just as this man’s wounds were healed, our wounds were healed once for all by Christ Jesus on the Cross. As it is written, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)." He came to us personally where we were while we were yet sinners and has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He bound our bounds by taking us into Himself and bearing our sin on His Cross.