John 9:23-25,33-34 WEB
Therefore his parents said, “He is of age. Ask him.”  So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”  He therefore answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see.”  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?” They threw him out.
Chapter 9 of John is the story of the blind beggar. Throughout the chapter, there are 12 references to the blind man, and 1 reference to the beggar. This really moves me. All my life I have heard this story called “The Blind Beggar.” Yet in the chapter about him, there is only one small reference to his lifestyle. Jesus did not humiliate this man by bringing up his shame. Instead, he comes alongside the man to heal his vision and to heal his heart.
Religion will humiliate a person for their sins. Love does not. Love covers a multitude of sins. In this story of the blind man, Jesus demonstrates his love. For example, Jesus never called him a beggar; Jesus never rebuked him for his sin. In the end, Jesus leads the blind man to repentance and to the safety of a right relationship with God. John chapter 9 reveals Jesus was intent on healing and restoring the once blind man.
It’s clear Jesus healed the once blind man. It’s also clear Jesus was intent on healing this man on the inside. First, he healed his eyes so that he could see. Next, he gives the man a command which allows him to take a step of faith. Finally, he finds the man who was blind and leads him to salvation. Jesus demonstrates the gospel in this chapter. He leads a sinner to repentance through love.
Lord, help me grasp what true love looks like in a relationship. Help me love all people and help me lead sinners to repentance. Anoint me with the grace to love, Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.