Message: The gospel according to Luke
Text: Luke 10:25-37
25-29 The Good Samaritan, part 1
~The lawyer was not serious about wanting an answer. He thought he was the smartest person in the room.
~Jesus never directly answers the lawyer’s questions.
~The lawyer asks a question he already knows the answer to. He didn’t have a problem knowing, he had a problem doing.
~So, this parable stems from the question from a smart alec lawyer who only wants to justify his lack of love by asking, “who is my neighbor?”
~Again, Jesus never answers his question. This parable is called The Good Samaritan, not, The Man Who Was Thrown In A Ditch.
~Rom 5:8 God doesn’t love you for who you are, but for who He is (1 Jn 4:19) Our love for others does not stem from who they are, but from who we are. Love that is performance based is not Godly love, it’s not real love at all. If that’s who we are, all we have left is to try and somehow justify ourselves.