Who was Nicodemus?
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council. He is mentioned in three places in the Gospel of John. In John 3:1-21, Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night to ask him about how one may gain eternal life. In John 7:50-51, Nicodemus speaks up for Jesus during his trials. And finally, Nicodemus appears with Joseph of Arimathea to prepare and bury the body of Jesus after his crucifixion (John 19:39-42).
What did he want with Jesus?
It is not known why Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Some believe that he may have been afraid of the other Pharisees, who were against Jesus, and he did not want them to know that he was interested in what Jesus had to say.
How did their conversation go?
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin,opsition party of Jesus. He came to Jesus at night to talk to him.
Jesus asked Nicodemus why he had come at night,and Nicodemus replied that he feared the people because he believed in Jesus.
Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be “born again” in order to see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus meant and asked how this could be possible.
Jesus explained that it was necessary for Nicodemus to be “born of water and the Spirit” in order to enter the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus responded that this was impossible and asked how anyone could be born ‘a second time.’
Jesus explained that it was through faith that anyone could be born again, and that it was not possible to enter the kingdom of God without being born again.
what can we learn from nicodemus?
Nicodemus was a man who was deeply interested in religious matters. He had probably studied the Old Testament, and he may have even been a Pharisee. When he heard about Jesus, he came to him at night to talk with him.
From Nicodemus, we learn that it is never too late to seek after God. No matter how old we are, or how far we have strayed from him, we can always come back to him and ask for his forgiveness. We also learn from Nicodemus that it is important to be open-minded when learning about new things. He could have easily dismissed Jesus as a false prophet, but instead he chose to listen to what he had to say.