Real Christianity Looks Like This

In his 3 years of public ministry,

Jesus was under constant attack.

People were always looking 

for ways to discredit him.

On several occasions, 

Jewish rabbis & scholars try to trap him, 

in verbal arguments.

Today, we’re going to look at 

1) Luke 10:29-37

In this passage a theological expert 

takes a go at Jesus.

2)

Lk 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

This is a really good question

The question is also asked by 

-Rich Young Ruler (Lk 18:18)

-Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:37)

-Jailer to Paul & Silas (Acts 16:30)

This guy wasn’t seeking an honest answer.

The Jewish scholars had their 

Own answer.

It was a long list of “do’s & don’ts”

Jesus answers his question

With a question

3)

Lk 10:26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

In other words,

You give me the answer

4) 

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

We’ve discussed this passage before.

It’s the Shema,

Because it begins with,

“Hear, O Israel,”

A devout Jew would repeat it twice a day.

It has four prepositional phrases 

that describe a total love for God.

These involve:

-heart (emotions)

-soul (inner being)

-strength (outer being)

-mind (intelligence)

Love God with every part of your being.

The 2nd part of his answer 

is found in Lev 19:18

(Love your neighbor as yourself)

For most Jews,

Your neighbor was a fellow Jew.

It was NEVER a Samaritan (1/2 Jew)

Or a Gentile.

The Pharisees & Essenes 

didn’t even include all Jews.

Jesus takes his answer at face value.

5)

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

This man wants a little clarity 

About the neighbor.

6) 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

To answer his question, Jesus tells the parable of Good Samaritan. 7) 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

Jesus said,

The priest wouldn’t help

Nor would the Levite (teacher of the law).

But the one you 

look down on, did.

8)

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Jesus showed that this cursed Samaritan 

was the one who satisfied the law.

As humans,

We like to draw boundaries.

We like those like us.

His point is clear:

You are to love those around you,

Regardless of:

-race

-religion

-nationality

-socio-economic status

Love needs to transcend all 

natural & human boundaries.

8) The Parable of the Good Samaritan involves:

-being inconvenienced (foregoing schedule)

-taking a risk (robbers)

-getting messy (bloody wound)

-spending your own money (2 days wages)

Many years ago (PNG)

That day, Les was the good Samaritan.

Often times, it’s those 

outside our faith circle, 

who show us what love looks like. 

In our minds, we can rationalize 

WHY we can’t help.

The real question is:

9) What does love look like to you?

How are you loving others?

Is it a love of similarities/ dis-similarities?

Is it a love of convenience/ in-convenience?

IF you faith is real, 

it's expressed through the:

Actions of loving others.

10) 

Gal 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

This week, challenge yourself to

Show love to somebody different.

MOST IMPORTANTLY:

Do it without expecting anything in return.

The Good Samaritan never 

expected to see this guy again.

He told the innkeeper,

“If I owe you money after he leaves,

I’ll settle the bill.”

That’s what it means 

to love your neighbor.

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