“Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.’” (John 3:1-2 NIV)
Nicodemus went to Christ at night. He went at night because he wanted it to remainsecret. But John saw him. Nicodemus then had a ‘private’ conversation with Jesus. But John eavesdropped (listened).Nicodemus’ subject matter:
Tell me about signs: How comes Your signs indicate that God is with You yet You are not in tune with us—the religious authorities of the day? How do you defend this irony?
Below are his words:
“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who hascome from God. For no one could perform thesigns you are doing if God were not with him”(John 3:2, NIV).
But Jesus changed the topic:
First things first, Nicodemus: Forget about the signs, there is something much more important; it is the subject you need to know about and here it is:
“You mustbe born again!” The conversation continued and indeed Nicodemus still read themiraculous in what the Lord was saying. He had seen or heard about the miracles Jesusdid, but for an adult to be born again was stretching it too far. The tone of his questionsconfirms this: