Sermon: Agents for Jesus
Bible Passage: Luke 10: 25-37
I. The Important Question “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” vs 25
A. Who is asking the question – An expert in the Law/Scribe
B. The insincere question – Stood up to test Jesus
C. The emphasis of the question – “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
D. The answer to the question – He answered like Jesus did (Matt 22:35-40) vs 27
E. Seeks to justify with another question – “And who is my neighbor? vs 29
II. Parable Background: The Good Samaritan
A. Lev 19:18, Who is my neighbor?
B. The way from Jerusalem to Jericho was called the “way of the blood”.
C. The trip from Jerusalem (25000 ft) to Jericho (800 ft below sea level) was roughly 18 miles and dangerous.
D. The Jews and Samaritans hated each other.
III. Parable Observations:
A. The thieves were men of violence vs 30 – Looking for selfish gain
1. Stripped him of everything including his clothes – Selfish nature
2. Wounded him seriously – Probably was trying to resist
3. Leaving him half dead – He could do nothing to help himself
B. The Priest & Levite vs 31& 32 – Religious Men
1. The priest and the Levite represented the Jewish people and they knew
2. Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the
Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly
with your God?”
3. The refusal to give help to the neighbor casts doubt on whether the priest
and Levite love God?
4. Both of them were religious but forgot what it is to be a neighbor.
5. They had an excuse in their mind for why it was not convenient to stop
C. Jesus introduces the good Samaritan as a compassionate neighbor. vs 33
1. An important contrast by introducing the Samaritan
2. Compassion does not look at the worthiness of the subject. He knew that
he was helping someone who did not like him.
3. “He had Compassion on him” vs 33
4. Compassion is not a feeling but an action.
5. Compassion costs something vs 34
6. Compassion is inconvenient vs 34
7. Compassion often interrupts our schedule
8. Jesus describes 6 things that the Samaritan did out of compassion for his neighbor.
IV. Who is my neighbor?
A. My neighbor is “He that shewed mercy on him” vs 36
B. My neighbor is anyone who has a need that can be met through me.
C. My neighbor is someone I give to whether I think he deserves it or not. Christ did this on the cross for you and me.
D. The people who are left for dead by others need rescuing with care and compassion. We at times may be surprised at the success of this kind of work.
E. Do we see the problems and walk by on the other side or do we see the person behind the problem?
V. Lessons: Looking upward should cause us to Look outward
1. Our upward focus should cause us to see people the way God does. – Compassion Rom 13:10, Rom 15:1-2
2. Our actions of serving others is how we express gratitude for the salvation provided to us. Eph 5: 2
3. When we love God then we will reflect his love and compassion for others.1 Jn 3:17-18
4. Every time Jesus felt compassion it was always followed by action. (Matt 14:14, Mark 6:4, Matt 20:34)
5. It is easier to teach about God’s compassion than to reflect God’s compassion to the world through our actions. James 2:14-16
6. Compassion changes lives: When we show compassion it allows others to see Jesus and we get the opportunity to be missional and answer the question that Lawyer asked.
7. Compassion goes beyond any human barriers.
8. A focus on eternity not just for ourselves but for others through the gospel.
Be an agent of Jesus by reflecting His compassion to others thereby being
missional in our daily actions.