Beaten and Bruised

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This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to worship at my own congregation at Immanuel Lutheran in Loveland, Colorado. Through this Lenten season, we are going through many of the parables Jesus taught while he was here on earth. This Sunday, we talked about the Good Samaritan, and my dad took a little different approach in his sermon. Instead of speaking about us as the Good Samaritan and being kind to others and taking the opportunities to love each other as God loves us, he wanted us to take the approach of us being the one beaten on the road. Because of our sin, we are broken, beaten, and torn. We can’t move. We can’t call for help. We can’t reach out a hand for someone to pick us up. We are at the complete mercy of anyone who is willing to help. Jesus, the Samaritan, the one who was hated, scorned, and despised by men, came by and took pity on us. He bandaged our wounds, took us to the city, and paid for everything to make sure we were going to be alright. He didn’t just do the necessary steps, but he went much farther than that. He went far beyond the call of duty, so far as to go through hell and back for us. He went to the cross, died, and rose again on the third day for us on Easter Sunday. We had no part in our salvation, but only through the name of Jesus Christ can we find eternal life with him in heaven!

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