Tonight (10.20.09) was the last night of CRU. The past 3 nights have been great. God is so good! Tonight message was taken from Luke 10:25-37. I believe that the Lord want me to share it with you.
25Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”26He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
27He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
28“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”
29Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”
30-32Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
33-35“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’
36“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
37“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
The two most important words in this scripture are “half dead”. Now keep that in your back pocket. There were 4 types of people on that road. Just like you are one of the 4 types of people and you meet 4 types everyday. We are all on a road just like the man that was traveling. We are on the road called life; we were all physically born and we will all die physically.
The first type of person on the road was the robber. The robber took what did not belong to him, and he beat the Jewish traveler. We can be like the robber; we take what is not ours, and we degrade and put down people and churches. The second type was the religious–the priest and the Levite man. The religious have the mentality that “what is mine is mine and I am going to keep it.” Religious people do the same thing on a regular basis. Our churches can even become religious if we do not what who we let run the church–God should be the on running it. The third type of person was the righteous man–the Samaritan. Even though the Samaritans hated the Jews, this man decided to stop and care for this Jewish man. The Samaritan man had the mindset of “what is mine, I am going to give it.”
To be righteous, we need to be born again. What does it mean to be born again? This concept can be see in John 3 when Jesus explains it to Nicodemus.
1-2 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”3Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”
4“How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”
5-6Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
7-8“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”
9Nicodemus asked, “What do you mean by this? How does this happen?”
10-12Jesus said, “You’re a respected teacher of Israel and you don’t know these basics? Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God?
13-15“No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.
16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
19-21“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
So, to be born again mean to not be half dead, and half dead means that you have not been born twice–you have only been physically born and not spiritually.
You may be wondering where does the forth type of person come in. The fourth type is the the half dead. Either you are the half dead or you come into contact with people that are half dead. If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and allowed Him to live through you, then you are half dead. You are physically alive but spiritually dead.
So, which type of person are you? The thief, the robber? The religious? The righteous? Or, are you the half dead? The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So what does it mean if you are a sinner? What happens to you if you stay a sinner and do not ask Jesus to be Lord of your life? Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The only way to be able to get to Heaven is to receive Jesus into our lives. We cannot do enough good works to get to Heaven. We cannot earn our way into Heaven. We cannot buy our way into Heaven. John 14:6 tells us that “I [Jesus] am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There is only one way; Jesus is the only way.
If you have any questions, or you would like to no longer be half dead and ask Jesus into your life, then feel free to contact me.