I’ve often written about Jesus coming to end religion, but I’ve never ‘seen’ this before in the account of the Good Samaritan.
In this account we see a priest and a Levite pass by the man in need, before a Samaritan took pity and helped the man.
The two religious people, the priest and the Levite, probably did not help the man due to religious reasons.
Maybe they didn’t want to touch him, as it could have made them unclean.
They were more interested in their religion than a person in need; or in other words law and legalism took precedence over love, compassion, mercy and grace.
Jesus tells us that it is the Good Samaritan that we should be behaving like; we should be more interested in our neighbour than in any rules and regulations of religion.
He came to end religion.
He came to provide grace so that we could develop relationships with Him and with our neighbours.
When we read about Jesus in the Gospels, He is always more interested in the person than the rules and regulations of religion.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath for example, showing grace rather than law.
And the account of the Good Samaritan gives us a picture of this.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus came to end religion and bring in the New Covenant, a covenant of grace, mercy, love and compassion”.
Luke 10 v 33…..But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him