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The Rev. Mark Payne: “The vital importance of following Jesus” (Luke 10:21-42)

March 25, 2010

From the Rev. Mark Payne, preaching at St. Mary’s Church, Basingstoke in the United Kingdom, we have the audio sermon The vital importance of following Jesus, based on Luke 10:21-42.  This is another sermon in a series on “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” and well worth hearing.  Rev. Payne has some excellent insights on this Scripture reading; he points out that one natural response we have when hearing the message in this passage can be to run away and hide from it!  But it is indeed vitally important that we follow Jesus and heed this message.

I like something Bishop Ryle wrote about the Parable of the Good Samaritan, contained in this passage:

The kindness of a Christian towards others should not be in word and in tongue only, but in deed and in truth. His love should be a practical love, a love which entails on him self-sacrifice and self-denial, both in money, and time, and trouble. His charity should be seen not merely in his talking, but his acting–not merely in his profession, but in his practice. He should think it no misspent time to work as hard in doing good to those who need help, as others work in trying to get money. He should not be ashamed to toil as much to make the misery of this world rather smaller, as those toil who hunt or shoot all day long. He should have a ready ear for every tale of sorrow, and a ready hand to help every one in affliction, so long as he has the power. Such brotherly love the world may not understand. The returns of gratitude which such love meets with may be few and small. But to show such brotherly love, is to walk in the steps of Christ, and to reduce to practice the parable of the good Samaritan.

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