George H. Morrison
Our Lord, 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 of coming. He had everything the man required (v. 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.
That 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 until some Roman convoy had come up; but, says Jesus, he came just where he was. I feel sure our Lord intended that. Christ was unrivaled in 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!
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 ...
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