The bible teaches us that we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7. The word redemption literally means to buy back. Jesus through his blood bought us back. He has paid the price for our sins. Jesus has already paid for every sin we will ever commit.
Please take a minute and think about this, no matter what we have done, where we have been, where we are now or what we are doing now Jesus has already paid for it. This is why the Apostle Paul says we have forgiveness of sin according to the riches of his grace. When a person sins forgiveness is there waiting on the sinner to say I’m sorry please forgive me. How rich the grace of Christ must be? Jesus loves us so much that he has already paid the price for our sins.
The picture of grace is evident in the story of the Good Samaritan. A certain man goes down to Jericho and fell among the thieves who stripped him of his clothes, wounded him and left him for dead. Notice the direction of the man, he is going downward. The fact the man is going in a downward direction tells us he is backsliding. We further see evidence of this when he falls among the thieves. Satan is the thief who came to steal, kill and destroy.
Satan our adversary is walking about looking for people to devour. His desire is to ultimately destroy us. The man has been robbed, wounded and left for dead. The Book of Galatians chapter 6 teaches us that when we see a brother in a fault, we that are spiritual are to restore them in the spirit of meekness considering ourselves unless we are tempted also. Grace restores people from their fallen state.
The story continues that a priest and a Levite both pass the man. Both the priest and the Levite saw the man but they pass him on the other side of the road. The priest and the Levite represent the church. The church spends more energy ignoring the hurting than they do restoring the hurt. The church spends too much of its time starring, pointing, and talking about the wounded verses healing the hurting.
The same anointing that was on Christ is on the church. Christ was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised. Grace will do just that.
The Good Samaritan is a picture of grace. When the Good Samaritan saw the man he had compassion on him. He bound up his wounds by pouring in oil and wine. The wine would cleanse the wounds keeping him from infection. The wine represents the blood of Christ. Christ’s blood keeps us from the infection of sin. The oil soothes and heals the wounds. The oil represents the Holy Spirit who comforts us.
The Good Samaritan then puts the man on his beast and takes him to an inn. The Good Samaritan then takes care of man until he leaves the next morning. As the Good Samaritan leaves he gives the host two pence and instructs him to care for the man. He tells the host whatever you spend more than I have given you put it on my account. I will repay it. The Good Samaritan paid for it all.
The Good Samaritan is a picture of grace because he did the exact thing that Christ did for us, he paid it all. Jesus has paid it all. Wherever we are at today, just remember the price has been paid; we only have to ask for forgiveness. That’s why we call it GRACE!
Rev. Gary Wilson is pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center, 741 Stratton Street, Logan, and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.