Amazing Stuff Jesus Did - Costly Love

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by Andy Brownlee at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 11th November 2018.


This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Luke 10:25-37.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
29But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” 


Step Out of Our Comfort Zone

  • There is a lot of suffering in the world. Naturally we want to protect ourselves against that suffering so what we do is we make a space in our life where we feel safe, where we feel comfortable, our comfort zone.
  • Jesus is telling us here that every now and again we should step out of this comfort zone and do something a bit risky for him. The phrase we use as Christians for this is taking a step of faith. Which is just another way of saying do something risky for God. That’s what the Samaritan did and Jesus says we should do the same.

  • The Samaritan stepped out of his comfort zone to show love to a man in need, it was costly, it was scary, it was dangerous but he did it. Jesus says we’re to go to likewise. So that’s the first way to show costly love to our neighbour: Step out of your comfort zone.

Do Something

  • It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of poverty and deprivation we see in the world today. It’s easy to think the problem is just too big what’s the use trying to do anything?

  • Maybe you walk by 20 homeless people on your way to work. You can’t help em all but why not, every once in a while, do something for just one of them?

  • We show costly love to our neighbour by stepping out of our comfort zone, by doing something.

Remember How Much he has Done for Us

  • Most of us subconsciously identify with the Samaritan. We think that’s would we would do in that situation. But we’re not the Samaritan in the story, we’re not even the Priest or the Levite in the story. We’re the dying man on the side of the road. Completely helpless unless someone comes and rescues us.
  • When Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan, he’s showing us how to love our neighbour but on another level he’s talking about himself. He’s saying ‘I am the good Samaritan who came to rescue you at great cost to myself.’
  • When we encounter situations in our lives and we act like the priest instead of the Samaritan we aren’t condemned because he has forgiven us for every sin we have done in the past and every one we will do in the future. Because of that we can know we are his and we always will be.


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