There is something different about the Samaritan man that compelled him into action…something that inspired him unlike the Priest and the Levite who did notice, but chose to keep moving along without rendering any aid.
What is missing in the story is why the Samaritan man was on that road. All Jesus mentioned was that he was traveling. Where was he going? What was he going to do? A job interview? Visit a family member? Going to work? Maybe to a funeral or to worship? Jesus doesn’t say….but whatever it was, it wasn’t as important as taking the time to help this man who had been beaten and robbed. This unknown part of the story is important!!!
Now it is YOUR turn!! Is there any person, group, or class of people you won't get near? Do you stay away from the poor, uneducated, crippled, aged, criminals, illegal, drug users, LGBTQ+, unrepentant, or those of a different race or religion? Culturally speaking, are there “certain people” you won’t concern yourself with because they come “from the other side of the tracks?”
Jesus, never once kept His distance from anyone. He didn’t allow anything to act as a barrier from coming close to meet the needs of others. May I and all who follow Jesus and claim to be a Christian love as Jesus loves….to help as Jesus helped….to engage as Jesus engaged….to be as concerned for others as Jesus is concerned about us all. Love truly gets near!