The parable of the Good Samaritan begins with the words, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho” (Luke 10:30). There were others who were also travelling on the road to Jericho – (a) the robbers; (b) the priest and the Levite; (c) the good Samaritan. In these characters, we see three very different attitudes to life. As we look at these characters, we are challenged concerning our own attitude to other people.
(a) “What’s yours is mine. I’ll take it” – This is the attitude of the robbers.
(b) “What’s mine is mine. I’ll keep it” – This is the attitude of the priest and the Levite.
(c) “What’s mine is yours. I’ll share it” – This is the attitude of the good Samaritan.
Behind these characters, there is Jesus, the Storyteller. He is our Saviour. He is our Lord. Here, we must imagine ourselves in the position of the man who was robbed and beaten up. We are helpless. Our situation is hopeless. We need Someone who will help us. We need Someone who will give us hope. We need Someone who will have compassion on us. We need Someone who will come to us with the love which will lift us up and give us a new beginning. We need Jesus. He is our Saviour. He is the One who “shows mercy on us” (Luke 10:37). Jesus is our Saviour. He is also our Lord. He ends His story of the good Samaritan with these words, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). we are not to be like those who “passed by on the other side” (Luke 10:31-32). We are to be like “the one who showed mercy on him” (Luke 10:37). We are to be like Jesus. Through faith in Him, we have this great testimony: “I received mercy … The grace of our Lord overflowed for me … ” (1 Timothy 1:13:14). “Love the Lord your God … and your neighbour” (Luke 10:27).