MEN OF THE BIBLE (NICODEMUS: PROGRESSION OF BELIEF)

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Nicodemus was a religious leader, a Pharisee, and a member of the ruling Jewing Sanhedrin. He appears three times in the Gospel of John, and each event shows his growing awareness that Jesus was the Son of God.

The first time he comes to Jesus at night, and Jesus tells him of the necessity of being born of the water and the Spirit. Nicodemus’s question of how to be “born again” elicits the most quoted verse of the New Testament: For God so loved the world. . . .” (John 3:16 NIV).

When Nicodemus is mentioned, he advises the Sanhedrin to avoid rash action against Jesus. “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearting?” (John 7:51 NTL).

After the crucifixion of Jesus, Nicodemus supplies myrrh and aloes to anoint the body of Jesus. With Joseph of Arimathesa’s help, he puts the body in an unused, empty tomb (John 19:39,41).

Some people become suddenly aware of their need for a Savior. Others, like Nicodemus, follow a progression of a questioning mind, an acceptance, and finally full belief of the most quoted verse: “He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:2- “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” 

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