Romans 5:8, 10a
Luke chapter 10 Jesus tells a very familiar story often referred to as the Good Samaritan. It’s a story of an incredible man who would risk his own security to care for one who is dying on the side of the road, give of his time to put him on his own animal, bring him to an inn, and give even of his own resources to provide for his stay in the inn and even beyond.
Who would do that? Especially for one who wasn’t just a stranger, but an enemy?
Jesus relays this story to us to show us the impossible requirement of God’s command to love our neighbor as ourself. And yet this is a perfect picture of Christ, the one who gives up the security of his throne in heaven to come down to us, to bind up our wounds, to forgive our sins, to give everything for even those who were his enemies.
In Romans chapter 5 it says this:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us… When we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son. —Romans 5:8, 10a
While we were sinners, while we were God’s enemies, while we were unworthy, yet God goes to great lengths, no the greatest of lengths, for those who hated him. For those who were unworthy of him in order to restore them and to bring them to himself into everlasting life.
Thanks be to God for our good Samaritan Jesus Christ. Amen.