And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Look deeply into this story and see that it is a picture of redemption that spans from Adam to Jesus. Jesus came where we were. Jesus is willing to cover the cost of fallen man. This story was his answer to the lawyer who asks “Who is my neighbor?”
The man from verse 30 is a picture of man. The thief represents satan, being stripped of raiment parallels the fall of man in the garden.
Death has always been the consequence of sin. For the wages of sin is death.
You cannot expect that if your good works outweigh your bad works that the good works will get you into Heaven. The only way you get to God is by the blood of Jesus.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We are all sinners saved by grace. We have no right to look down on another person with condemnation or self righteousness.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jesus is not afraid of looking into our wounds. He bore our grief and sin. Remember in the story of the good samaritan, Jesus poured oil and wine into the wounds of the man. This is a symbol if him pouring the Spirit and Redemption into our transgressions. His wounds became the payment for our transgression and we have been redeemed from sin an iniquity.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
We have redemption and forgiveness because if his blood.
1 Peter 1:18-20
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Your redemption has been paid for, its not on layaway!
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
In verse 12 God was so satisfied with the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood that He allowed him to sit down.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!