Summary: Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Did he come on his own behalf or was he on a mission for others. He stated what he knew about the Lord. Like the world he knew about Him, but he didn’t KNOW Him.
Nicodemus came to Jesus at night.
I have been thinking about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus.
1. The man who came. Vs 1
-Nicodemus – “conqueror”.
-He was religious – “a Pharisee”
--A sect that strictly kept the law.
--They also added to the law.
--They were very visual in their religion.
--They prayed openly, gave openly (Matt. 6)
--They, like most Jews, were looking for the
-He was a respected man – “a ruler of the Jews”
--He was a member of the Sanhedrin
---A council of Jewish elders
---70 of them (from the time of Moses?)
---Had to be full blood Jew.
---Had to be married.
---Had to be a priest.
---Had to be well educated in the Scripture.
-Highly respected (even today)
2. The manner in which he came.
--Afraid for other Pharisees to see him (???)
--On a secret mission from the Sanhedrin (???)
--Rabbi – teacher – He showed respect toward Jesus.
-"WE"…it seems to suggest he was not acting alone.
--Who else was involved here besides Nicodemus?
---Pharisees? Sanhedrin? Family?
--The word (oy’-da) means they we know by sight.
---Not a head knowledge, but a knowledge by experience.
---He (they) obviously had seen Jesus earlier.
---He (they) had heard Him speak.
--Nicodemus only thinks he knows….
---The world knows about Jesus.
---Lost often try to tell me about Him.
--The world says “we know”
-"We know thou art a teacher". Vs 2
--This much of the world admits.
--They had heard him teach in the synagogue.
-"We know about the miracles". Vs 2:23
--Many admit to many of the miracles.
--They had seen Jesus at the marriage.
--Heal the sick etc.
--Many will call on Him for a miracle when they need one.
-"We know God is with you".
--Otherwise you couldn’t do these things.
--He recognized the power and presence of God in His life.
---In His teaching and in His miracles.
3. The message he received.
-It is not enough to know about Jesus.
-It is not enough to be religious. (he was)
-It is not enough to be outwardly righteous. (he was)
-It was not enough to do good works. (he was a high
-It was not enough to recognize Jesus as a great teacher.
-It was not enough to recognize His power.
-It is not enough to recognize the Power and presence
of God in Jesus life and ministry.
-Jesus still said “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Vs 3
-The new birth comes by faith. Vs 15,16
-The world is condemned because of sin. Vs 18
-Jesus came to give us eternal life. Vs 36