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What is God like? Take a look.
John 9.35-38 – Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”
37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”
38 He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him.
Good news: Jesus notices hurting people (John 9.1), and he finds rejected people (John 9.35). Jesus finds the world’s rejects and seeks out the poor. What is God like? Take a look at Jesus’ actions toward this man and see exactly who God is and how much he loves you.
Why does Jesus ask this man more questions? After all, he has just been interrogated by religious leaders who had the power to kick him out of their religious system. Surely, he had enough questions for one very eventful day.
The saying is true: “Jesus reveals enough of himself to make faith possible, but hides just enough of himself to make faith necessary.” His question was a way of helping the man discover his own faith for himself.
Personal interaction with Jesus moved this man’s faith from seeing Jesus as “the man” (verse 11) to calling him “Lord” (verse 38). That is exactly what Jesus does for people who live in a friendship-relationship with him. He grows our faith and deepens our worship every day.
If you are like me and are spending vast amounts of time at home, please take time to read the account of the Samaritan woman in John 4 and re-read the story of this blind man. Notice the similarities in their experience with Jesus. They were both marginal members of society, whom Jesus noticed and revealed God’s love and plan to them.
One beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.
John 9.39-41 – Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”
41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”
I love a definition for evangelism that I found years ago. “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.”
I see this principle lived out on a regular basis by persons in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step programs. They willingly share their story and service to the still suffering addict in ways that truly humble me. Many people who come to Maywood Baptist Church are active in AA or NA. They tell me that they like the expression that evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.
Suppose we changed the saying to, “Evangelism is one proud and opinionated person telling another proud and opinionated person where they can confirm their views on life.” Try making a bumper sticker or greeting card out of that! It just won’t work!
When Jesus’ presence is revealed, beggars, blind men, and outcast women find abundant life. The same revelation of Jesus’ nature humbles the proud or more firmly fixes them in their entrenched beliefs.
Humility and obedience before the greatest Being of All is our proper response to Jesus.
The truth is that we all are beggars. The prophet Isaiah was a very righteous man. Yet, in the presence of God, he said, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6.5).
Today, all of us – rejected persons, outcasts, broken people, unclean like Isaiah, addicts – can enter into a friendship relationship with Jesus. He will develop our faith day-by-day, as we humble ourselves in his presence.
Dear Jesus, we praise you that you have come looking for us. We praise you that you, the Greatest Being of All, are willing to be our very best friend. Today, we receive you and humble ourselves to receive your direction for life.