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John 3:2 Nicodemus meets Jesus at Night

Updated on June 3, 2014

John 3:1-2 –“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

It had been a long day in court. There had been a couple of criminal cases and a few points of the law that needed to be clarified, but most of the day had been spent discussing one man, Jesus. It had been that way since the Passover. Jesus had caused quite a stir in Jerusalem and no one knew what to do about it. Nicodemus was fascinated by Jesus. Here was a man with power. Stories and rumors were flying around Jerusalem. It was clear he was a healer, and his teaching was that of a great Rabbi. But there was something more. Some claimed they had heard him call the Temple his “Father’s house”. It was a curious thing to say, it bordered on blasphemy. Could it be, was he really was a prophet sent from God, was he the prophet? The one they were waiting for, the Messiah?

Not everyone felt the way Nicodemus did. Some had responded to what he had done at the temple with anger. The Jewish leaders resented his interference of their marketplace. A lot of money had been lost that day. Not to mention the time it took to clean everything up and get the livestock back under control. Many felt their authority was being threatened. Something needed to be done. An investigation was in order. They had to be sure this man wasn’t a false prophet set on deceiving the people. Had he broken any laws? Was there something the court could do? No one could cause such a disruption as Jesus had during Passover and get away with it! Sure it would discredit him, they had asked for a miracle to prove his authority to clear the temple. Now he was performing miracles every day. It was not what they expected. His popularity was growing and the leaders didn’t like it one bit.

Nicodemus was among those who believed that Jesus was from God. The miracles were convincing, and there was just something about the guy. It was time to find out more, it was time to talk to Jesus face to face. He would go tonight, after the evening meal. While most scholars sought their rooftops for study and a refreshing breeze, Nicodemus would seek an audience with Jesus. This was probably the best time to find Jesus alone. They were both busy men and there was just too much going on during the day, to many distractions. It seemed like everyone was seeking Jesus’ attention, and the demands of the court kept him occupied too. Now Nicodemus would find out what it was all about. With anticipation he prepared for the appointment that would change his life forever.

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