You Left Some Things Out

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Luke 10:25-37

When you arrive at the doctor’s office you know they’ll have the clipboard waiting. If you could just fill out this gigantic stack of papers that’d be great, thanks. Do you really read that stack? Initial here, sign there, check this, bring it back to the desk.

But soon you’re the one called back to the desk. I’m sorry but you left some things out. The lawyer who stood up to test Jesus had left some things out. His summary of a lot was correct, but Jesus said “then do it.”

Then Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37)

The priest and the Levite had left some things out too. They had not robbed the poor man but they left him to die on the side of the road just the same. We have left some things out as well. We can summarize the law: love God and love our neighbor. We have not loved God with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

God’s Word is clear: to leave anything out is to leave everything out. The Good Samaritan left nothing out and he explained to the innkeeper exactly how to take care of that poor man. The innkeeper didn’t have to call him back.

Here we see the extent of our Savior’s love. He has healed our wounds. He has paid the cost of our forgiveness with his life and death. And he will come back for us. Jesus has done all things for our salvation. His perfect obedience is ours by faith.

This good news gives us strength to “go and do likewise.”

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