#952 February 7, 1993 a.m.
Itranscribed from tape)
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE U-GLY
I think it's important that everyone have their Bibles open to Luke, chapter number 1 0.
If you didn't bring your Bible with you, look on with someone seated by you. There's
a Bible in the pew rack for your convenience. So let's open our Bibles together to
Luke chapter 10. I'm reading extended passage of scripture as we're studying the
parables, the greatest stories ever told. Luke 10:25 following;
"And a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him saying, 'Master what shall I
do to inherit eternal life?' Jesus said unto him, 'What is written in the law?
How readest thou?' And he answering said, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, with all thy mind, and
thy neighbor as thyself.' And Jesus said to him, 'Thou hast answered right.
This do and thou shalt live.' But he wanting, willing to justify himself said unto
Jesus, 'Who is my neighbor?' And Jesus answering said, 'A certain man went
down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves which stripped him of
his raiment and wounded and departed leaving him half dead. And by chance
there came down a certain priest that way, and when he saw him he passed
by on the other side. And likewise, a Levite, when he was at the place came
and looked on him and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan as
he was journeyed came where he was and when he saw him he had
compassion on him and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
and wine and set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care
of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence and
gave them to the. host and said unto him, 'Take care of him and whatsoever
thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.' Which of these
three thinkest thou was the neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?'
And the lawyer said, 'He that showed mercy on him.' Then said Jesus unto
him, 'Go and do thou likewise."'
Let's pray together.
Father, we open Thy word with great seriousness and some with great
tremendous hunger for fresh truth. You speak, 0 Lord, and let me get out of
the way so that this truth might be heard, and we might leave this place
empowered by Thy Holy Spirit to live out the truth that You give to us for the
rest of our lives. For we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you wanted to write a dramatic play, something that would be a bombshell on
Broadway, I think you find in this story that Jesus told all the elements, characters,
a plot, movement, drama. It's all there. It begins with a theological question that
moves quickly to a story of first aid, CPR, or a rescue mission by the side of the road.
It starts off with a question about: If I die, will I find life after this death? How can
I discover is it possible to know eternal life? And then it ends cup with a story about
a man ...
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