HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 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?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”
Nicodemus is an interesting character and a case-study in the development of faith. We first meet him in John 3 where he comes to Jesus by night. He believed that Jesus was special and from God but was struggling to understand exactly who He was. He came by night, presumably, for fear that his fellow Pharisees would discover his fondness for and growing faith in Jesus. In this text, we see Nicodemus challenging his own brethren over their treatment of Jesus. While defending Jesus to some extent, he is very careful to appear to be neutral and simply trying to uphold the law. While still not fully given to Christ, he is convinced enough to withstand his peers on Jesus’ behalf. We will see Nicodemus one more time in John’s gospel accounts—with Joseph of Arimathea, preparing the crucified and lifeless body of Jesus for burial. Though their actions were taken at night, they were sure to be found out. Nicodemus’ faith had grown to a point that it could no longer be withheld. He was a disciple of Christ, and he was willing to risk his position and possibly his life to serve his Lord.
What lessons can we learn from the example of Nicodemus?
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