The parable of the Good Samaritan helping the injured Jew is widely accepted as an illustration of how we are to treat others who are in need (Luke 10:25-37). There is another side to it, however, a side which becomes clear when you learn that Jews and Samaritans were taught to despise each other and that Jesus was telling this parable to a Jewish audience. Hearing their teacher tell them to “Go and do likewise,” regardless of cultural differences, was overwhelming for them. In effect, Jesus was trying to open the eyes of their hearts so they could see all human beings as He saw them: in need of a Savior.
Throughout history, the good news of the Gospel has broken down the walls of separation between races and religions because of the one thing we all have in common: the need for salvation. The Bible tells us that “there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22b-23).
Everyone, regardless of race, religion, or creed shares the same title of sinner; and because of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, everyone who believes in Him can share the same glorious title of forgiven.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…U.S. Declaration of Independence.
But now in Christ Jesus
you who once were far off
have been brought near
by the blood of Christ.
Commentary from Pathways Devotional, April 30, by David Jeremiah.