Continuing our study on the manner of salvation, let’s look at the conversation that now emerges between Christ and Nicodemus, the Pharisee.
John 3:2-3 (NKJV)
2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
He comes to Jesus, we’re told, by night, and that tells us all by itself he was probably hoping for a private moment, something that is out of the sight of some of his contemporaries, the watchful eyes of his fellow Pharisees. It suggests something about his heart. His desire for secrecy may be the first indication that he is not your normal, ordinary Pharisee. His perspective might be going somewhere different than the average Pharisee. His interest in Jesus is very personal and presumably, it’s very sincere. The name Nicodemus literally means “victory over people” or “victory for the people,” you could say. I think it is ironic, in fact, it’s prophetically ironic when you consider Jesus delivers the victory for the common man over the tyranny of men like the Pharisees. Continue reading