Experiencing Christ

The Good Samaritan (2)

Luke 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, who was journeying, came upon him; and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion; (34)  And he came to him and bound up his wounds and poured oil and wine on them. And placing him on his own beast, he brought him to an inn and took care of him.  (35)  And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, Take care of him; and whatever you spend in addition to this, when I return, I will repay you.

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Verses 33 and 34 describe the actions of a certain Samaritan who came to the man who fell among robbers. This Samaritan signifies the Jesus, who was apparently a layman of low estate, despised and slandered as a low and mean Samaritan (John 8:48; 4:9) by the self-exalted and self-justified Pharisees. Such a Savior, in His lost-one-seeking and sinner-saving ministry journey, came down to the place where the wounded victim of the Judaizing robbers was in his miserable and dying condition. When He saw him, He was moved with compassion in His humanity with His divinity, and rendered him tender healing and saving care, fully meeting His urgent need. In 10:34 and 35 all the points of the good Samaritan’s care for the dying one portray, in His humanity with His divinity, the Savior’s merciful, tender, and bountiful care for a sinner condemned under law. This shows to the uttermost His high standard of morality in His saving grace. The Samaritan came to the man and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine. The binding up of the wounds indicates that He healed him. Pouring on the man’s wounds oil and wine signified giving Him the Holy Spirit and the divine life. When the Savior came to us, He poured on our wounds His Spirit and His divine life.

The Samaritan brought the man to an inn and took care of him. This indicates that He brought him to the church and took care of him through the church. Here we see that the Samaritan paid the inn for the man. This means that He blessed the church for him. Furthermore, His promise to pay the innkeeper whatever he spent in addition points to whatever the church spends for him in this age being repaid at the Savior’s coming back.

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