Mid Week Meditation


Mid Week Meditation - June 11, 2018

Submitted on: June 11, 2018

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him”

(Luke 10:33) NKJV

Our text is one of the most familiar parables of the Bible. In this parable a lawyer challenged Jesus with the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus begins to tell a story of a man desperately in need of assistance, and about three people who had opportunity to help him. Jesus tells this parable from the perspective of three travelers a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan. When we hear the story, it is not hard for us to decide which of the three Jesus wants us to be.

The first two travelers, the priest and the Levite, avoided the man in need but the third traveler had a completely different reaction. The scripture calls him the Good Samaritan. Why, because he didn’t cross the street or look the other way. He was on a journey, had business to attend to, had a schedule to keep but he stopped. He made the conscious choice to get involved. He lowered himself to a level of inconvenience and put himself in the other man’s shoes. His faith moved him to do something.

The Good Samaritan saw the need and he filled it. The man in need was no kin, no relation, nor acquaintance, but he stooped. He knew what to do and he did it! Notice that he did not just throw a few dollars at the man to ease his own conscience. Instead, he took charge of the situation and made a difference. Where would the man be if the Good Samaritan had not stopped?

Our good works are under scrutiny. The truth of the matter is God will examine the sincerity of every Christian to see if we have lived up to His Word and His witness. Anybody can carry a big bible, wear a gold cross, and use Amen and “Praise the Lord”, claiming to be a Christian. But it takes a real Christian to do good work. And God knows the difference.

Jesus came to where we were, and when he saw us, he had compassion on us. Jesus saw the need and he filled it. Jesus knew what to do and he did it! He took charge of the situation and made a difference. Jesus stopped. He stopped because He saw man’s great need to reconnect with his Creator. Where would we be if Jesus had not stopped?

Jesus stopped and sacrificed all for us on the cross of Calvary. Jesus did not put a price tag on our redemption. He paid the ultimate price! He was criticized, condemned, and crucified.

Jesus stopped to make every burden bearable and every lonely night livable! Jesus stopped to make every mountain climbable, every valley crossable and every pressure manageable.

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