HH, Sir Godfry Gregg D.Div
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:33
The Lord Himself as a Good Samaritan
Our Lord, the true poet that He was, had a great liking for pictorial teaching, and in all the pictures of His gallery, none is more remarkable than this one. The scene, familiar to them all; the robbery, an occurrence they all dreaded; the ecclesiastics whom they knew so well; the Samaritan, whom they all despised–these made a glowing vivid picture, which nobody but a master could have painted, and nobody but the Master ever did. It is a beautiful etching of benevolence, and as such it is immortal. But men have loved, right down the ages, to find in it something more than that. They have loved to find in this Samaritan a delineation of the Lord Himself, in His infinite compassion for mankind. Many thoughts come leaping to the mind when we set the story in the light of Christ. This Samaritan was long in coming. He had everything that man required (Luke 10:34). But there is another beautiful feature in his pity that is so eminently true of Christ that we do well to dwell on it a little.
Like the Samaritan, so the Lord Came Where He Was
Than feature is that the Samaritan came just where the man was–came right up to him, and handled him, where he lay battered on the hedge-bank. When he saw, as he came down the hill, that in the hollow yonder there had been a struggle–when he saw that battered figure by the road, with the robbers probably in concealment, how naturally he might have halted till some Roman convoy had come up; but, says Jesus, he came just where he was. I feel sure our Lord intended that. Christ was unrivalled in the suggestive phrase. The Priest saw him; the Levite looked at him; the Samaritan came right up where he was. How perfectly that exquisite touch applies to the Lord, who was the teller of the story, in His infinite compassion for mankind! You will notice that the priest and the Levite passed this dying man by the roadside. Just like many of our church folks who not just pass by but turn up their noses and their heads as they pass by. How many Samaritans we have by the roadside waiting and dying for the word of God. One word and one gracious worde to set the sinner (Samaritan) free.
It Was He Himself Who Came
Think for a moment of the Incarnation. Tell me, what was the Incarnation? It was the Son of God, seeing the need of man, and coming in infinite mercy where he was. Not speaking as by a trumpet from high heaven; not casting down a scroll out of eternity; not sending Gabriel or any of the angels to proclaim the loving fatherhood of God. No, this is the glory of the Incarnation, that when man was bruised and battered by his sin, Christ, the Son of God, the good Samaritan, came just where he was.
- He came to the inn, where the travellers were drinking;
- to the cottage, where the mother prayed;
- to the village, where the children romped;
- to the fields, where happy lovers wandered.
- He came to the marriage feast and to the funeral;
- to the crowded city and the sea;
- He came to the agony and to the cross.
Show me where folk are lying ill at home, and I can show you, Jesus, there.
Show me where men are tempted by the devil, and I can show you, Jesus, there.
Show me where hearts are crying out in the darkness, “My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” and the beautiful and amazing thing is this–that I can show you Jesus there.
- Where man has suffered, Jesus Christ has suffered.
- Where man has toiled, Jesus Christ has toiled.
- Where man has wept, Jesus Christ has wept.
- Where man has died, Jesus Christ has died.
He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows, and made His grave with the wicked in His death. The good Samaritan has come. just where he was.
Contrasted with John the Baptist
And when we follow the footsteps of the Lord, does not the same thing at once arrest us? Why that is just what the people marked in Christ when they contrasted Him with John the Baptist. If you wanted John, you had to search for John. You had to leave the city and go into the wilderness. And there, “far from the haunts of men,” was John the Baptist, a solitary figure. But Christ was genial, kindly, and accessible, a lover of the haunts of men, the friend of publicans and sinners.
- Simon Peter was busy with his nets, and Christ came where he was.
- Matthew was seated at the receipt of custom, and Christ came to him.
- The poor demoniac was in the graveyard, there to be exiled till he died, and the glorious thing about our good Samaritan is that He came exactly where he was.
- Where is that bright girl from Jairus’ home? We have been missing her happy smile these days.
- Where is Lazarus? We used to see him daily. Is he ill? We never see him now.
Where are the spirits who were disobedient at the time the ark was a-pre-paring? I know not; I only know of each of them that Christ came where he was. Go to the penitent thief upon the cross, and tell him there is someone who can save him. Only he must come down, and leave the city, and fly to the wilderness and he will find him. There are many who offer paradise on these terms when men are powerless and cannot move a finger, but Christ came where he was. That is exactly what He is doing still. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. No one needs to fly away to find Him. The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth. “Just as I am,” is a very gracious hymn: but I want someone to write me another hymn: “Just where I am, O Lamb of God, You come.”
Today Christ is still the Good Samaritan and is not in the wilderness, but is available to each of us who desires Him to show up. However, it is time that we seek Him and find Him. It is time for us to look to Him the Author of our faith. To Him, we give all the honour and the glory. Open up to Him and let Him take control of our life. Remember that the priest and the Levite passed the man on the side of the street dying for hope. Christ is your Good Samaritan, trust Him.