Wednesday, 4 November 2020
John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Nicodemus became famous because he wasn't afraid - in spite of his position in the ruling Jewish hierarchy - to come to Jesus and ask what sound to some like daft questions. From Jesus' reply we get famous new words in our vocabulary such as born-again. We also heard Jesus' amazing one-line offer:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
And the offers don't get any better than that. But Nicodemus also turns up again. Twice, in fact. The first time, he challenges the other rulers for making up their minds about Jesus before hearing any of the evidence:
John 7:50-51 Nicodemus, who had gone to Him before, and who was one of them, said to them, "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"
That didn't exactly make him popular with the rest of the Council, but Nicodemus knew he was right. Not only legally right, but morally right and right about Jesus! Then, after the crucifixion:
John 19:38-40 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away His body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
Nicodemus made himself ritually unclean by handling a dead body in order to give Jesus a decent burial. He knew what was right and he followed through to make sure it was done. He had a revelation of who Jesus was and he wasn't going to let anyone or anything stop him doing the right thing.
What about you?