Jesus taught that The Blind Are Innocent, and He restored the blind man’s sight. The “seeing” Pharisees could “not see” past their LAWS, refused to see the miracle of restoring sight to the blind, and tossed the miracle out to justify their ignorance of God. Those who are tossed out for His names sake are offered a covenant to become Sons of God. The concept of “sight,” and its relationship to “light,” is important to keep in your mind as you read this post.
Jesus saw a begging blind man, and He restored his sight by rubbing mud, made from Christ’s spit. Christ sent the blind man away, still not having restored his sight, instructing him to wash in “…the pool of Siloam.” The name of the pool is interesting, being interpreted: SENT. An angel is defined as a messenger “sent” from the presence of Christ. Perhaps, the act of faith on the part of the blind man trusting in Christ was expressed, not by the mud placed on the man’s eyes, but in the blind man’s choice to wash in the pool of Siloam, qualifying him as being SENT to testify of Christ. The mission for the blind man began once he washed and his sight was restored.
The blind man’s sight was restored, which then shone light upon the blindness of men who had the ability to see, …but would not. They were, and still are, the Pharisees. The Pharisees made three separate attempts to question the restored blind man, using compulsion to manipulate the blind man’s betrayal of Christ. He proved true and faithful in the task. The Pharisee’s sought to justify themselves by using the Law of Moses, against the giver of the law, Christ. Consider the summarized dialogue:
Attempt #1: Pharisees ask “How’d He heal you?” “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed,” was his reply. The Pharisees ignore the miracle, and immediately seek to accuse Christ for breaking the sabbath. However, they were divided in their accusation. Some asked, “How can Christ be evil, …and yet do miracles?”
Rather than accepting the possibility that they were wrong, they fought amongst themselves, trying to accuse Christ, but unable to associate the miracle with evil. Rather than resolving the concern, they turn and question the blind man, asking the blind man what he thinks of Christ.
Attempt #2: Pharisees ask blind man, “What do you think this man is that healed your blindness?” The blind man states directly and emphatically, “He is a prophet.”
Reading the account in John 9, you can almost sense the frustration of the Pharisees, as they recognize their failed attempts to use the blind man to accuse Christ. Since the blind man didn’t cooperate with their plans to trap Christ, they turned their attention to the PARENTS of the blind man. His parents, although they had sight, were blinded by their fear of the institutional shunning of the Pharisees asking questions (John 9:22). Can you believe it, the blind man’s parents knew that their son was blind and now could see, they believed him that Christ restored his sight, but they were afraid of getting excommunicated and cast out of the synagogue for testifying of Christ. The parents, probably with a stunned and fearful stare, point to their son and say, “Don’t ask us. Ask him. He’s old enough to speak for himself!”
Attempt #3: The Pharisee’s direct their question back to the blind man, saying: Give God the praise, because we know that Christ is a sinner.
The response of the blind man to the blind Pharisee’s is an expression of courage and faith in Christ. Christ was no where near to take that burden from the blind man. The testimony of Christ is our bearing with Him the cross. The blind man responds:
“25. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
26. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
27. He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? [Are you asking to know or just set a trap]
28. Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. [You follow Christ, but we follow a prophet!]
29. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. [They testify of following and knowing the prophet, but have no idea who this Christ-guy is]
30. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
31. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. [Still a true principle today]
32. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
34. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.”
The response of the Pharisee’s is hilarious: You? …Trying to teach …us? How dare you? CAST HIM OUT! This scripture is valuable to me, as I see familiarity with the blind man and myself.
I was blind to the words of Christ, begging to know the truth, in my blindness. Since my eyes were opened, I have been accused similar to the blind man who regained his sight. My earthly parents are also afraid of the shunning of the public institution, but they know that my eyes have been opened. Finally, I too have been physically cast out of church, by a bishop who asked, “You’re trying to teach me? How dare you? I am called to teach you! I am your leader!”
The greater miracle happens after the blind man is cast out:
“35. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36. He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37. And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
39 ¶And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”
Christ, after the blind man had proven true and faithful in all things, gathered into the garners this man, made whole, through the persecution of men for Christ’s names sake. He was sanctified by the Holy Spirit of Promise. He overcame by faith, while his accusers remained in their blinded state.
This pattern has application to you and your state of blindness. The Lord can treat you as the blind beggar, if you seek alms at His hands, to remove your blindness. However, if you are not the blind beggar, then you will be one of the accusing Pharisee’s, or worst yet, the fearful and ungrateful parent, whose son’s blindness was restored, and when they were questioned, they feared men more than God.
Conclusion: I pray that you recognize your blindness. The Pharisees asked Christ, “Are we blind?” Christ’s response is great instruction: “If you were blind, you would have no sin.” The Blind Are Innocent. He continued, saying, “…but now you say, ‘WE SEE’ and for that your sin remains.” See that you cannot see, and pray to God that your sight be restored. Otherwise, you will not endure the day of reckoning.
The ability to see is tied to your eyes receptivity to light. The blind person has poor light receptivity. The concept of “sight,” and its relationship to “light,” is evident in the words of Joseph Smith:
“24. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
25. And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;”
The words of Christ are full of light. Conditioning yourself to receive more of the words of Christ, is the same as conditioning yourself to receiving more light, until the perfect day, or until you know all the mysteries of God in full. Alma relates a similar counsel:
“10. And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.”
You claim to believe in God and Christ. I have spoken the words of Christ and of God. If you are unable to read this without offense, or without the desire to defend the Mormon church, then you are blinded by the institution, just like the Pharisee’s and the parents of the blind man. Plead with God, as did the beggar, to have your sight restored. And then stand in faith against all your accusers. Prove yourself true and faithful in all things. Fear God, not man!