Nicodemus’ journey in Christ

May 18th, 2014

At church today one of our congregation shared about Nicodemus and how we see his journey as he progressed through the gospel of John.

Nicodemus is mentioned only in the Fourth Gospel – John. He is described as a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews (i.e. a member of the Sanhedrin) who visited Jesus by night.

He seems to have been an earnest man attracted by the character and teaching of Jesus, but was afraid to allow this interest to be known by his fellow Pharisees.

We first see Nicodemus in John 3:1-21 where he comes to talk to Jesus at night time. Jesus tells him that he must be born again to find life in God’s Kingdom. His first contact was about inquiry and finding out more.

The next time we see Nicodemus is mentioned is in John 7:50–52. This time he showed more courage in protesting against the condemnation of Christ without giving him a hearing. This was before the council.

The final reference is in John 19:39-40. This is where he is said to have brought a lavish gift of spices (75 pounds) to anoint the body of Christ for burial. He did this in the open and it would have been known.

In this we see a journey of Nicodemus and his understanding and relationship with Christ. He went from an inquirer to an open follower of Jesus as the the Book of John progresses.

I found it really interesting and I thought I would share it.

God Bless,
Dave