“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.” - Luke 10:30
Jesus tells a graphic story of a criminal attack on a certain traveler. In the story no name or background is given to us about this man, except that he was left for dead on the side of the road. He is a picture of us all journeying along life’s road.
The fall of Adam brought a curse upon all of mankind. By nature we have imbibed the nature of the devil, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The devil is a thief who has come to steal, wound, kill and destroy, while Jesus has come to bring us life that is more abundant.
The devil will strip you of your virtue, your character, your finances, and your health. He has no regard for your well-being, but is only interested in your destruction. He will steal your dignity, your self-respect, and he will leave you half dead.
Have you found yourself on a downward spiral? Do thieves of depression and emotional and physical illness haunt you? Are you fearful and lonely and feel that life has no purpose or joy left in it?
As we read the story further we see that religion is not a solution to this situation. Two religious “professors”, who cared little about his plight, viewed the man, in a half dead condition and went on by.
But when a Samaritan, who had little to do with Jews, came across the man he bound up his wounds, treated him compassionately, put him on his donkey and took him to an inn where he was left to be cared for.
This action, by the Samaritan, was an illustration of being a true neighbour and part of the Royal Law of love.
Dear heavenly Father, help me to reach out in love and practice the second part of the greatest commandment to love my neighbour. Let me be a blessing to a neighbour today.