The story of the Good Samaritan is no parable of how to live a good life, nor is it an encrypted illustration of Jesus saving stoop for the sinner. It is the targeted answer of the Lord Jesus to the question; ‘who is my neighbour?’ The answer the Lord gives hits home the truth to this self righteous lawyer that his neighbour is just the kind of person who he wouldn’t and couldn’t help! Something was missing from the life of the man who thought he could keep the laws of God to earn a right to heaven, just as surely as it was missing from the experience of the priest and the Levite in the parable. These men lacked love, the kind of love that can only come when Christ first does a work in our heart. Salvation does not begin with us doing something for God but rather it begins when we rest in faith, believe and receive all that God has done for us in the sacrifice of His Son for our sin at Calvary. This man lacked love. This man lacked Christ. This man lacked Gods salvation in Christ.