Okay okay, yea.. we all know that the Samaritans and Jews didn't like each other, so this Samaritan guy was a really nice guy to help out an enemy. But did you know that the road between Jerusalem and Jericho was known for its robbers who loved to set ambushes to catch unsuspecting travelers? In other words, there's no way for the Samaritan to know whether the man lying there was part of a trap or not. Which explains why the other two religious Jews skirted around him. So, this Samaritan wasn't only being kind, he was risking his life.
Did you also know that there were NO inns along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho? That meant this good Samaritan had to go far out of his way into his enemy's territory, into an enemy town, to find an Inn for the injured man. Are you starting to get the picture of what Jesus was saying?
But the captain cannot bear to see the man suffer. Upon boarding and inspecting it, the British captain finds the ship abandoned, except for the one wounded sailor, left for dead. What does the captain do? The man is his enemy after all. And they are at war. Shouldn't he just leave the man? Instead, he scoops him up, brings him on his ship, and has his surgeon patch all his wounds. But he has a bad infection and needs a real doctor on land. The British captain knows the man won't make it all the way to England. So he turns around and sails back to America (way out of his way and way off his schedule), enters an enemy port and carries the man into the city in search of a doctor, all the while knowing that the Americans could kill him, his crew, and steal his ship, particularly if they think he's the one who caused the sailor's injuries in the first place. He finds a doctor and pays for the man's expenses.
The story in the Bible doesn't tell us what happened to this Good Samaritan, but we now understand how much he sacrificed for this man. His time, his money, his very life.
And Jesus said, "Go and do likewise" Luke 10:37
My question for you (and for me) is, how much are we willing to sacrifice to follow Jesus? A half hour a day for our "quite" time in the Word, a few dollars in the offering plate, our Sunday morning going to church? What about if there's a friend in need and you have the money but giving it to them would really make things tight for awhile? Or what if helping someone else would take your time away from something you really wanted to do? Maybe even something you planned for a long time? What if helping a complete stranger meant putting your own life in danger? If a situation arose in which we had to sacrifice our time and money until it hurt, and maybe even our life, would we do it? And if not, are we truly disciples?
So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:33 Amplified