Luke 10: 33-34  He went to him and bandaged is wounds,… put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Is this a story about being compassionate or is there a deeper meaning here?  Do we need to look between the verses to see if there is anything else?  Let’s take a leap here and let us think for one moment that the wounded man, near death, is Jesus, the Messiah.  What sets the Samaritan apart from every one else is that he embraces the wounded, dying man.  Jesus is our neighbor.   He is the wounded, dying Messiah and if we would tend to his wounds and take care of him, then we would experience the saving grace of God.  The Jews in Jesus time were looking for a David;  tall, handsome, suave, and a great military champion.  When they say him beaten and dying on the cross they passed by on the other side.  But to those who embraced the wounded dying Messiah, they would experience God’s saving grace.  And on that last day, those who took the wounded Messiah to themselves, would hear the King say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”