1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Thank you for tuning in,
3. as we come to the third, and the last, in this series of messages, “The Three Marks of Discipleship;”
4. and we’re going to talk about living like Jesus.
5. In Luke, Chapter 10, verses 30 to 37,
6. Jesus tells a story.
7. It is not only a story of a model life,
8. but, also, it is the story of Jesus’ own life.
9. It begins by a lawyer trying to quiz Jesus, saying what kind of life he could live that would earn him eternal life.
10. Jesus waited until the lawyer answered his own question by quoting Scripture.
11. The lawyer said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and you shall love your neighbor as yourself...”
12. and, so, Jesus said, "Go and practice that."
13. At that point, the lawyer realizes that loving your neighbor as yourself is easier said than done;
14. and, so, he asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”
15. which prompted Jesus to tell him a story that we call, “The Good Samaritan.”
16. Listen to Luke 10:30 to 37.
17. Here is a picture of a man in desperate need.
18. He gets by-passed by the very people who should have helped him.
19. The priest was commissioned by God to minister to hurting people;
20. but, when the priest saw the bleeding man, he ignored him.
21. A Levite, who was consumed by religious activities, also ignored the bleeding man and moved on.
22. This is a picture of how ineffective religious rituals and ceremonies are.
23. Dead rituals freeze hearts.
24. Dead rituals cannot save souls.
25. Dead rituals cannot meet needs;
26. and, so, we see that a Samaritan appears.
27. Remember, Jews and Samaritans hated each other.
28. They had no dealing with each other.
29. They were alienated from each other.
30. Samaritans were part-Jew and part-Gentile,
31. and, often, they did not fit in with either world;
32. but this Samaritan was different.
33. This Samaritan was selfless.
34. This Samaritan is a picture of Jesus.
35. Like Jesus, this Samaritan did four things.
36. He stopped.
37. He stooped.
38. He saved,
39. and he served.
40. First, he stopped.
41. We know almost nothing about this man, the Samaritan,
42. but he has inspired countless people for over 2,000 years.
43. Now, my listening friend, I want to remind you that this Samaritan was not on a holiday.
44. This Samaritan was not sitting idly by.
45. No, this Samaritan was a busy man.
46. He had business to attend to.
47. This Samaritan had a schedule to keep,
48. and he had a choice to make.
49. “Should I get involved or should I just keep to my plan?”
50. and, my listening friend, Jesus said of Himself, He had a choice to lay down His life or not.
51. Jesus had a choice.
52. Should He stay in Heaven with the Father or come from Heaven and die?
53. He said, “I have authority to lay down My life,
54. and I have authority to take it up...”
55. but I am so glad that Jesus did not say, “I have a universe to run,”
56. or “I have a world to rule,"
57. and, "I can’t get down to the Earth and get involved.”
58. I am glad Jesus stopped.
59. He stopped and looked at humanity’s desperate condition.
60. Jesus stopped and took pity on humanity’s condition of dying in sin.
61. Jesus stopped and cared for the agony of humanity’s guilt and grief.
62. If Jesus had not stopped to care for us, we would not be here today.
63. Thousands of you would testify the same way,
64. and there are millions of people who are desperate for the message of healing and forgiveness.
65. You may be one of them.
66. The mark of discipleship is to live like Jesus,
67. and that includes stopping from your business.
68. Living like Jesus means stopping from our fears.
69. Living like Jesus means stopping and getting involved.
70. This man did not only stop, but, secondly, he stooped.
71. To stoop means to bend down.
72. The Samaritan literally lowered himself.
73. He put the person in need above himself.
74. He risked his life.
75. The road they walked on was known for being a dangerous road.
76. He risked his reputation.
77. He bent down to help someone different from himself.
78. The wounded man was not a fellow Samaritan, but a dying Jew;
79. so, the Samaritan humiliated himself.
80. He would have been scorned and mocked if another Samaritan had seen him helping this stranger.
81. My listening friend, listen to what I am going to tell you.
82. Anyone can pass to the other side.
83. Anyone can pretend that everything is okay.
84. Anyone can close their ears to the desperate cries of lost people.
85. Anyone can say, “Why should I get involved?”
86. but only a disciple of Jesus Christ would not only stop, but stoop.
87. My listening friend, there is something very important that I want to tell you here.
88. God, in His sovereign will, chose to use His disciples to stop and stoop.
89. God, in His divine wisdom, chose to use the disciples of Jesus to be instruments of His caring for the lost.
90. God, in His sovereign will, chose to use His disciples to be witnesses for Him;
91. and, often, when His disciples refuse to stop and stoop, God moves on to use somebody else.
92. God wants to use people who are willing to be used;
93. and Jesus did not only stop, but He also stooped.
94. He laid aside the garb of splendor of Heaven.
95. He laid aside the praises of the angels.
96. He laid aside His limitless, sovereign power and stooped into our world.
97. Why did He do that?
98. So that He may feel what we feel;
99. so that He may meet us where we are;
100. so that He may become one of us;
101. but, if that was all, it would have been enough;
102. but, more than anything else, He stooped to pay for your penalty and mine.
103. He stooped so that He may make it possible for all who come to Him to find eternal life.
104. He stooped so that He may open the door of Heaven.
105. He stooped so that He may become the Bridge between us and God.
106. He stooped so that He may become our Brother;
107. so, the Samaritan not only stopped,
108. the Samaritan not only stooped;
109. but, thirdly, the Samaritan also saved.
110. When he looked at this dying man and saw the need, he responded immediately.
111. What this man needed was healing.
112. What this man needed was mercy;
113. so, he did all he could to save this man’s life.
114. He knew what to do and he did it.
115. My listening friend, our world today is in desperate need of only one thing.
116. It is the healing and the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
117. All of the politics in the world cannot accomplish that.
118. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse the heart of hatred.
119. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can put an end to anger and vengeance.
120. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can transform lives,
121. and that is the most desperate need of our world today.
122. My listening friend, if you are a disciple of Jesus,
123. then, you must learn to stop like Jesus.
124. You need to stoop like Jesus;
125. and, then, you must learn to save through the power of Jesus;
126. but, fourthly, you will serve like Jesus.
127. My listening friend, remember that the Son of God came not to be served, but to serve;
128. and the greatest service you can perform is to be a faithful proclaimer of the whole Gospel of God.
129. This Samaritan man did not abandon the man after he helped him.
131. He did all within his means to serve this man.
132. He placed the man on his beast while he walked.
133. He carried this man’s burden.
134. He ministered to this man.
135. He equipped this man to full health.
136. The Samaritan did not abandon this man once he got him to hospital.
138. He made sure to take him to others who were capable of bringing him to full strength.
139. He paid upfront for all of this man’s needs.
140. My listening friend, when Jesus Christ died on the cross,
141. He not only died to save us eternally,
142. but, also, His death was the payment for our salvation and sanctification.
143. His death was a payment for us to be saved.
144. His death was a payment, not only for sin, but, also, for all of sin’s damages –
145. emotional damages,
146. physical damages,
147. spiritual damages.
148. The payment on the cross was a total payment.
149. My listening friend, as I conclude, I want to leave you with this:
150. Jesus wants to save and deliver you today.
151. Jesus came from Heaven.
152. Jesus lived a perfect life.
153. Jesus shed His own blood to redeem you.
154. Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb that can deliver you from sin and the punishment of sin.
155. Will you come to Him today?
156. It is our prayer that you would;
157. and, then, write to us and let us know.
158. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.