Jesus Christ is the Fullest Example of God’s Mercy

October 10, 2013 | Tags: , ,

But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.

-Luke 10:33-35

The Parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37 is a story that displays God’s character of mercy. Jesus Christ is the fullest example of God’s mercy. We are like that man who fell into the hands of robbers and left for dead. That man had no one to help him until the Good Samaritan came along and did for him what He could not do for himself. The Good Samaritan not only had compassion on the man, but He acted on that compassion by bandaging his wounds, putting him on his own animal, and bringing him to an inn. The man in his current state could not pay the innkeeper for the stay, so the Good Samaritan not only paid for his stay ahead of time but also agreed to pay whatever other expenses he would incur.

Jesus did the same for us through the cross. He had compassion on mankind, beaten and left for dead by sin, and acted upon that by taking our sin upon Himself. He paid our debt that we could never pay ourselves. He sought us out when others walked by us, leaving us in our miserable and wretched state. He picked us up and bandaged our wounds, then carried us Himself. He is the ultimate example of perfect mercy.

Have you received God’s gift of mercy through Jesus on the cross? Or are you still lying beaten, left for dead, on the side of the road? Your Good Samaritan is standing by your side, ready to pick you up, bandage your wounds, and pay your debts. Will you receive that Good News by faith today?

By Courtney Silberman

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