By Pastor Bobby McMullen
2nd Chance Ministry
In Luke 10:25 an expert in the law asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life (NIV)?”
Jesus in response asked him, “What is written in the Law, and how do you read it?”
And the expert 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.”
Beloved, love and compassion go hand in hand, and if you are a Christlike being or better yet, a believer in “Jesus the Christ,” you can’t separate the two. Unfortunately many of us are guilty of the same thing the expert is. And that is choosing whom we will have love and compassion for.
Look at verse 29: “But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, And who is my neighbor?”
What we must understand that Christ’s concern for a hurting world revealed itself in two ways: (1) condemnation toward those who took advantage of others and (2) compassion toward those who couldn’t help themselves, no matter who they were.
See, God’s love and compassion are not dictated, determined or based on what side of town you live on. No, his love is not based upon the color of one’s skin nor is it determined by a person’s social and economic status. See, God’s love is inclusive to all people in spite of our past.
Jesus said in verse 30 that a certain man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers and thieves attacked and beat him, stripped him of his clothes, then left him for dead. Jesus said that a priest who was going down the same road saw him but moved to the other side. Likewise a Levite saw him and did the same.
Listen, I know that there’s trouble in the world today, and I know that people are mean and dangerous, but 1 John 4:4 tells us that “Greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world.”
So, who will you pass by? Jesus told the expert of the law that after the man was passed by twice, a Good Samaritan who happened by saw him, had compassion on him and took him to an inn for care.
Then Jesus asks him an important question in verse 36: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers.”
He replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Beloved, let us not love with words and tongue only but also with actions and truth. Listen, what moves us to action isn’t important, but what moves God is what we must focus on. Love and compassion are what move God to action, so where is yours. So the question is, “Who Will You Pass By?”