Christianity 104 Be Good Neighbors (HCSB) Luke 19:25-37, April 22, 2012
It is the goal of these lessons to guide new Christians to grow in their understand of the Christian faith. It is fun to hear some expressions made by new Christians that may not be entirely correct but share the faith of the new believer. Their faith is so fresh and very encouraging. A man who had been a terrible drunk received Christ. Some man asked him if he believed Jesus really changed water to wine? He answered, “well he changed wine to food and clothes at my house.” Simple answers based on our salvation many times brilliantly answer critics. Christians should try to meet legitimate needs asd the Lord directs.
1. Be Good Neighbors. . Love the Lord. 10:25-28
A. Love the Lord . . Call for Scriptural Obedience. 10:25-26
25 Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 "What is written in the law?" He asked him. "How do you read it?"
B. Love the Lord . . Correctly Affirming the Scripture. 10:27-28
27 He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
28 "You've answered correctly," He told him. "Do this and you will live."
Many people may express some biblically truth correctly but not have their heart into their expressions. The text tells us this man was an expert in the law. That can mean a person has much head knowledge. The scripture the man quoted spoke of loving the Lord with all your heart, but Jesus saw through his knowledge to his heart. He knew this man lacked a changed heart. The Lord called for Scriptural obedience that demonstrated itself in correctly affirming the Scriptures. It is curious that this man stood up to test Jesus but received an examination that he immediately failed. It is possible from the text to judge this man lacked humility in coming to quiz the Lord.
2. Be Good Neighbors . . Listen to Jesus. 19:29-35
A. Listen To Jesus . . Obey His Insight. 10:29-32
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30 Jesus took up the question and said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
B. Listen To Jesus . . Observe His Examples. 10:33-35
33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him. When I come back I'll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.'
The statement, “willing to Justify Himself,” is a very curious phrase. I am afraid many today seek to justify themselves before God with their so called good works or men pleasing actions. Jesus answered this man’s question by telling a story and then asking a question. Of course Jesus’ ability to reason with a man very well
versed in the law far exceeded the knowledge and intelligence of this man. A person of real intelligence will observe the examples given by Jesus and obey the insight shared. In this story Jesus not only taught about who our neighbor is but corrected some thought about race relations. What a teacher!
3. Be Good Neighbors Express . . Logically As You Show Mercy. 19:36-37
A. Give Logical . . Reasoning To Jesus’s Question. 10:36
36 "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
B. Give A Logical . . Response To Jesus’s Question. 10:37
37 "The one who showed mercy to him," he said. Then Jesus told him, "Go and do the same."
In this story Jesus told the conclusions are obvious. If people reason correctly they will answer just like the expert in the Law. To use a term of the game chess Jesus could have said to this man, “checkmate.” But having the correct answer is not enough there must be the correct response as Jesus told the man, “to go and do the same.” I am not aware of any further story about this man. I wonder if he responded with correct actions. Did he learn to be humble, did he really understand that Jesus is the Son of God. Did he come to a place where he understood a head knowledge is not enough if his heart is far from the Lord? As we grow in our Christian life
we will certainly want to be good neighbors. Amen? Amen!