John portrays the journey we all must pursue to awaken from our condition of blindness caused by the precepts of men (see 2Nephi chapter 28), and he shows us how the Servant will awaken the blind who are willing to see. Let’s look in on John’s tremendous prophecy.
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. (This blind man represents every member of the church who is asleep and blind. The Servant begins his public ministry awakening as many blind people as he can; teaching them the truth.)
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (Jesus’ answer is in direct reference to each individual member. They are blinded by the precepts of men. The parents are also blinded by the same precepts and pass those precepts onto their children.)
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (The works of God will indeed be manifest in the last days and many people will be awakened. Today, people can feel something is very wrong and truth is missing from their lives.)
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (The work will be accomplished in the day of the Great and Marvelous Work.)
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (When the Servant is in our midst there will be undeniable light and truth for people to follow.)
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, (Notice that Jesus mixes his own spit [moisture, life] with dust to make clay which he puts on the eyes of the blind. In other words, that which comes out of the Servants mouth [words, light, and life] heals the blind! The metaphor teaches eternal lives using spit, dust, and clay as the motif employed here by John. This is magnificent imagery! Life from the Servant’s mouth mixes in the dust that represents these asleep blind people, and He makes clay which can be used to make a good vessel upon the potter’s wheel. We sometimes forget the potter’s wheel has a positive meaning too when a good vessel is formed.)
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (This idea of being washed clean has reference to the pure ordinance of baptism the Servant will bring, just as Jesus introduced a new pure baptism to the Nephites when he visited them.)
8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? (The neighbors and ward members and family won’t know what to think of these formerly blind souls who are awakening all around them.)
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? (Those whose eyes are open are engaging people in discussions about their awakening experiences.)
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. (People are sharing their stories about gravitating to truth.)
12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. (The church disciplinary courts begin.)
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. (No doubt that many great events will occur on the Sabbath as the Servant purposefully attacks their false traditions. This will cause strict Mormons to become upset.)
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. (“The brethren” can’t fathom the miracles and events surrounding the Servant, and many of the people are following Him.)
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. (The leaders and people will come up with many similar slanders. The great division begins. See 2Nep 30:10.)
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. (Those who awaken recognize what is happening.)
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. (The witnesses are being called into the church courts.)
19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. (The parents don’t know what happened to their son; he began to study the scriptures and believe that man when he came among us.)
22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. (Fear has always been a great motivational tool of Satan. People are being excommunicated.)
23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. (More slander and labels….)
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. (When these blind people truly awaken, they will stand valiantly for truth.)
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? (The Pharisees simply cannot hear or understand. We see this already happening around us as the church implosion is beginning.)
28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.
29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. (It’s astonishing that the true gifts of the spirit are being displayed by the Servant, but the leaders of the church still do not know where this man is from— blind indeed. They resort back to Joseph Smith as their Moses.)
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. (The blind man is awake now! The short testimony he offers is marvelous.)
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.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. (All the prophets have prophesied of the GMW and it is now here and these events are taking place.)
33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. (So-called Mormon priesthood is powerless to perform these miracles.)
34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. (The justification and logic the church leaders will use against people is illogical and without justification. The excommunications and resignations will increase.)
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.
40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. (We can see that throughout scripture, the greatest iniquity is defined as following traditions of men, following the false idols of the arm of flesh, and following “the brethren” which keep us all blind.)