What the Law Demands, the Gospel Produces | Luke 10:21-37

What the Law Demands, the Gospel Produces | Luke 10:21-37


Luke 10:21 ESV  In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 

  • Now let me stop right here, I could preach a whole sermon on this verse right here… do you see what is happening… look at the first line and the last line…
    • Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit… for such was the Fathers gracious will…
      • Now we have already talked about the beauty of God revealing His secrets to us, we had a whole sermon on that… but look at this… Jesus is rejoicing… and what is He rejoicing in? His Fathers will!”
      • Some of us need to start rejoicing in the fathers will and stop bemoaning the Fathers will, amen?!
      • When you learn the secret practice of rejoicing in the Fathers will… woah! Life becomes way better y’all!
        • My best friend Eddy was dying of Cancer… I asked him if he was angry at God… He said “Why would I be angry, either I get miraculously healed and can testify of God’s goodness, or I die and go to heaven and get to Worship God on the streets of Gold… it’s a win win!”
        • Eddy had joy up until his last breath, and it wasn’t because of his circumstances, because they stunk! It was because of his God! Because His God is good all the time!
      • Rejoice in the will of the Father church, and your life will be marked with Joy!
  • Let’s keep going with this section of scripture…

Luke 10:22-24 ESV  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  (23)  Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!  (24)  For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

  • Do you understand the joy that it is to have a written Bible? Jesus lives in our heart, and His word… His word we can hold in our hand!
    • We have secrets available to us, truth available to us, revelation available to us that prophets and kings desired to see but NEVER saw… desired to hear but never heard. AND WE HAVE IT! Please don’t neglect it church!
    • You have a treasure more valuable, more secrete, more powerful then Nicolas Cage could ever discover in the back of Mount Rushmore! DON’T NEGLECT IT CHURCH!
  • I’m preaching and we haven’t even gotten started yet! Let’s go on to the main passage for today… the main passage today is the parable of the Good Samaritan.
    • Now parable is just a fancy word for “Sermon illustration”… it is a practical story that makes a deep theological point.
    • I use parables all the time in my preaching, last week I used the parable of the GPS, it tells us how to get to were we are going turn by turn, step by step. Such it is with God, His Word is a lamp unto our feet, telling us not just the destination, but the way there step by step turn by turn.
    • Now Jesus is going to use a practical story to illustrate a deep theological point, He is going to give a sermon example, here He tells the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:25-37 ESV  And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  (26)  He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  (27)  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  (28)  And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”  (29)  But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  (30)  Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.  (31)  Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.  (32)  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  (33)  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.  (34)  He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.  (35)  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’  (36)  Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  (37)  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

  • For those of you who don’t know this parable, let me recap it for you very quickly:\
    • A man was robbed, beaten, left naked and half dead in a pit.
    • Three people passed by this man.
    • One was a pastor, instead of helping the man the pastor avoided him, moving to the other side of the road.
    • One man was a worship leader, when the worship leader saw the naked half dead man, he too avoided him.
    • The third man was a Samaritan, the natural enemy of 1st century Jews. There was a lot of racism between Jews and Samaritans at the time, like A LOT of racism. But the Samaritan helped the Jewish man who was robbed and beaten, even paying for all of his medical bills.
  • At the end, Jesus says “BE LIKE THE SAMARITAN”.
  • Now what is the point of this parable? What’s the moral of the story?
    • Most would say “The moral of the story is to love your neighbor!” And there are a million sermons on this.
      • And they are good sermons… but I don’t think that is the moral of this story.
      • I don’t think Jesus was trying to tell a story to encourage us to love our neighbor.
      • CERTAINLY we should love our neighbor, and this is a great illustration… but I don’t think that is the point… I want to dig deeper.


  • I believe the moral of the parable is this: What the Law Demands, the Gospel Produces!
      • We will get there, but first let’s pray.


Point One – The Law Demands an Impossibly High Standard

  • What the law demands, the gospel produces… how did I get that from this parable…
    • Well if it doesn’t make sense, don’t blame me, blame Charles Spurgeon, because I stole this title from a quote of his about this very same parable… here is what Charles Spurgeon said:

Our Lord is there explaining a point which arose out of the question “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The question is legal, and the answer is to the point. But let us never forget, what the law demands in us the gospel produces in us. -Charles H Spurgeon on Luke 10:36-37

  • Alright that clears it up then! Wait… I can see that some of you still haven’t gotten there yet…
  • What’s Spurgeon saying? He is saying that this parable… the parable of the good Samaritan, is in fact an answer to a question. So to see the purpose of the parable we need look no further than the question…

Luke 10:25 ESV  And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

  • So this lawyer asks a good question: What do I need to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    • Jesus says “What do YOU think you need to do to enter into heaven?”
    • The lawyer says “Love your neighbor as yourself and love God with all your soul, strength and mind.”
    • Jesus responds “Yup! Do that and you will enter heaven!”
    • Nope! Why? Because the lawyer is a smart man and realized that he has not lived up to this standard! He KNOWS he has not done this, and thus is destined for hell… so what does he do? Like a good lawyer he looks for a loophole.

Luke 10:29 ESV  But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

  • Jesus says “Love your neighbor as yourself and you make heaven.” And the lawyer is like “You see what happened was… you know um… uhhhh… but… but… but I mean really who IS our neighbor anyway.. am I right… like WHO really IS my neighbor…?”
  • Jesus answers that question but taking the LOWEST OF THE LOW person, the WORST KIND OF PERSON in this lawyers mind, a Samaritan… and making him the good guy.
    • “He says you have to treat someone who you think of as LESS THAN DIRT… you have to treat that person as yourself… even paying their medical bills! That’s what it looks like to love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • And church understand this… THERE IS NO WAY THAT THIS LAWYER LOVED SAMARITANS LIKE THAT! There is NO WAY that he ever treated someone like that. IT WAS AN IMPOSSIBLY HIGH STANDARD.
    • That’s what the law demands. And not just that you would do this once… no no no, that you would do this to EVERYONE always no matter what!
  • What Jesus did with this parable was shut this lawyer down… he humbled this self-righteous lawyer… he showed this lawyer that he was not good enough to enter heaven. Period.

Hebrews 9:27 ESV  And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

  • Everyone is going to day, your day of death has been appointed… and after you die you will wake up in the courtroom of God, and God will Judge you. If you have sinned you go to hell, if you are perfect you go to heaven.
    • That’s the rub. Be perfect or be toast…
  • So when God looks at you and says “You passed a homeless man in 2016 who was starving to death and you didn’t feed him”
    • What will you say in reply?
    • “But God, I feed the homeless six days a week for 12 years, doesn’t that count for anything”
    • “Oh yes” God might say “I see that, but what does that have to do with your sin of not feeding this man? I find you guilty?”
  • In the same way that if you get pulled over by a cop for running a red light you can’t tell the judge “Yes I rain THAT red light, but judge I have stopped at all red lights for the past 12 years!”
  • The judge will say “Good job following the law, but that doesn’t mean you can break it now. You ran a red light. GUILTY”
  • So we would all be found guilty of not loving our neighbor, wouldn’t we…
    • And that is just one law!
    • How about stealing? Most of us have done that once or twice in our life.
    • Looking at another person with lust? Jesus calls that sin.
    • Hating someone without cause? Jesus calls that murder.
    • Using God’s name as a curse word? That’s blasphemy, and it is a serious sin.
  • There are so many laws I don’t even know them all, but I know I have broken them! I WAS A GUILTY SINNER! Much like this lawyer.
    • Why? Because the law demands an impossibly high standard, perfection. Well, I should say, nearly impossible, because Jesus met this standard, the only man who ever lived who never sinned. But for the rest of us we are sunk.
  • So why do I share all of this? Because I want you to understand the beauty of the gospel.

Galatians 3:24 NKJV  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

  • The point of the Law, all the rules and regulations… they are to show us that WE NEED JESUS!
  • The point of this parable was to show this lawyer, who thought he was good enough to get into heaven, that in fact he too NEEDED JESUS.
  • Jesus is saying “Don’t you get it, your not good enough”.
  • So what then? Are we all destined for hell?! No! The law is a tutor that leads us to Christ, it points us to the gospel… because, point two this morning… The Gospel Produces an Impossibly Righteous Person.

Point Two – Hebrews 10:14 ESV  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

  • Let’s compare Luke 10 with John 3 for a moment.

Luke 10:25-28 ESV  And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  (26)  He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  (27)  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  (28)  And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

  • So in short a man asks Jesus “How do I get to heaven” and Jesus says “Perfectly follow the law”.
  • But look what happens in John 3…

John 3:1-3 ESV  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  (2)  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”  (3)  Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

  • So now Jesus says to get into heaven… which is it Jesus “Love God with all your strength, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself” or is it “You must be born again?”
  • The answer is simple… because ALL OF US have failed to follow the law, now we must be born again to be saved.
    • Jesus shared the story of the good Samaritan to show how impossibly high God’s standard is.
    • Jesus died on the cross and rose again to show how impossibly deep God’s love is.

Colossians 2:12-14 ESV  having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.  (13)  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,  (14)  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

  • Today is baptism Sunday, when you are baptized you are doing something very special. You are being buried and being raised again… buried in the water, dead to your self, dead to your OLD self… and then you come out of the water representing being born again, a new creation.
    • I love this passage in Colossians because it says that God takes out His book, where he writes down all our sins, He finds the page that says “Christian Shields” and there on it are all of my sins… He rips those pages out and nails them to the cross!
    • Because of Jesus my sins are now dead and I am a new creation!
  • Look, look church… the point of the story of the good Samaritan is that you MUST be perfect to enter heaven!
    • The point of Jesus death is that he made a way for us to BE PERFECT.
    • Therefore, if us being imperfect, want to enter heaven which is only for the perfect, WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN. And if we are born again… WE ARE MADE PERFECT. Praise God for Hebrews 10:14

Hebrews 10:14 ESV  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

  • Church, Christ didn’t die to make you better. He died to make you PERFECT!
  • The Gospel produces an impossibly righteous person.
    • Does that mean we don’t sin? No! Of course will still sin…
    • But when Jesus shed His blood on that cross, and when we accepted that gift and were born again, His blood not only covered our past sins but our future sins too.
  • Does that mean we can sin as much as we want?
    • NO! We ought to despise sin. Our flesh may still desire wickedness but our spirit should rise up and say NO MORE! I AM A NEW PERSON! I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS THAN PERFECTION.
    • We are now in the race running toward perfection, running toward Christ, and we will make it if we don’t give up, if we don’t get distracted, if we focus on Him.
    • And if we do sin, as will happen from time to time, it should disgust us… BECAUSE THAT IS NOT WHO WE ARE ANYMORE.
      • It should turn our stomach, and we should say “Jesus, thank you for dying for that sin too, help me never do it again!”
  • Look I could go on forever, but we need to shut this thing down because we have a baptism celebration to go to, hallelujah! Let’s conclude this thing:


Hebrews 9:27 ESV  And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment

  • If you are not a Christian, this verse should TERIFY you! If you are not born again, if you have to answer for your sins as scripture says… this is a scary verse…
  • But what if there was way, that when you die… and God opens up His book, and He finds your name… and under your name not a single sin was written… JESUS IS THAT WAY.

Isaiah 43:25 ESV  “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

  • Gospel Call.


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