The parable of the good Samaritan is particularly interesting on a number of levels. And, it’s as relevant today as it was when Jesus first used it to teach.
A man, whom we assume was a Judean, was attacked as he traveled from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was beaten, stripped of his clothing and left for dead. As he lay there unable to help himself, he was encountered by three men, a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan.
Because they were men of God, we would have expected that either the priest or the Levite would have stopped to help him. Neither man did; and in fact, crossed to the other side of the road to avoid him. We would not have expected the Samaritan to come to his aid because of the animosity between the Judeans and Samaritans that dated back to the time of the end of the reign of Solomon. How surprised the injured man must have been when a Samaritan not only tended to his wounds but paid the cost of his lodging and care.
In the closing chapter of his letter to the Galatians, Paul spoke to this issue of bearing the burdens of a brother, a neighbor. He wrote that while each man must bear his own load in life, he should also bear the load of another when help is needed, as was the case of the beaten Judean.
Today, we are able to do this because God showed us how by sending His only begotten Son to bear the burden of our sin on the cross as the final sacrifice of atonement for that sin.
Christ gave His life to bear our burden! What are you willing to sacrifice to bear the burden of your brother, or your sister?
Scripture: Galatians 6:1-5