17 Oct Luke: Day 43
Help has Arrived – Luke 10:34
A neighbor goes to the one in need. The Samaritan saw the man in need by the side of the road and went to him. He didn’t pass by on the other side of the road, like the Priests had done. The Samaritan was like JESUS – who came to us in our need. He provided true help that religion was unable to give.
A neighbor stops the bleeding and administers the meds. A neighbor sees the immediate need of the one in crisis. He stops the bleeding. But more than first aid, he applies medicine for long term healing and restoration.
Isaiah 61:1 quotes the future Messiah: “the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.” Jesus stopped our wound – by becoming wounded Himself. He stopped our bleeding, by bleeding on the Cross. He fixed the biggest need of our crisis: forgiveness!—to make us righteous before God.
Jesus also applies the “medication.” His blood—pictured in the wine—has washed away our sin; His Spirit—pictured by the oil—has been given to us for a totally transformed life. The Christian knows this as “Grace”— abundant life in relationship with Jesus.
A neighbor is willing to be humbled and inconvenienced. The Samaritan interrupted his journey, gave up his animal, and was delayed to heal the man in the inn. He became the servant to the one in need. Jesus also became the Servant of All, humbling Himself, leaving His place of honor, and spending time with us in order to rescue us.
Philippians 2 describes all of this so well: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.