Waking the Dead

on Sunday 14, February 2010

One of the most familiar stories in Scripture is that of the Good Samaritan, who found someone wounded, hurting, and half-dead, and went out of his way to do something about it.  Jesus told this story to challenge the religious people of his day.  The lesson is clear!  We dare not write off anyone as unreachable.  Bill Hybels calls this ‘radical inclusiveness.’

It’s interesting to me that the account of this story in Luke 10 states that the man who fell among thieves was ‘half-dead.’  We are surrounded by ‘half-dead’ people every day.  Perhaps the wounds aren’t visible, but they still exist. 

In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes to steal, and kill and destroy.”  The earth is covered with his victims—people made in the image of God, walking the earth half-dead.  They are spiritually separated from the love of the Father, and all they need is someone who—instead of walking by wrapped in religious robes—will stop, notice, and pour into their wounds the oil of love and kindness and the wine of the Holy Spirits’ power to heal. 

We need to ask ourselves, what is our response to the ungodly – the godless all around us?  The simple answer is to show compassion and concern, and then watch the Holy Spirit do the rest.