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John 3:1-2

1. "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."

A Pharisee was a member of a group that believed in the resurrection but had slavishly followed the tradition of men rather than the principles of the Bible. Not only was Nicodemus a Pharisee, but he belonged to the Jewish Ruling Council.

Due to the position that he occupied, which endowed him with much significant religious, social and political power, Nicodemus was not supposed to mix with the various people that followed Jesus.  Inspite of who Nicodemus was, he had some unanswered questions that only  Jesus could handle. Consequently, he took the time to seek out Jesus by night. A public, daylight meeting would have jeopardized his position and reputation.

From our verse of focus, it is crystal clear that  Nicodemus knew who Jesus was. Firstly, he addressed Jesus as

Rabbi. This meant that Nicodemus understood that Jesus was a spiritual leader and a religious teacher.

Secondly, Nicodemus acknowledged that Jesus came from God and that God was with Him.

Thirdly, Nicodemus was aware of the miracles that Jesus did, and he knew that such miracles were not possible without God.

Nicodemus had much knowledge and he wanted to have a deeper understanding of Jesus. His status did not and could not fulfill his spiritual needs. Only an experiential relationship with Jesus can. It does not matter who we are; or which positions we occupy in this life, we have a common need, which is salvation through Jesus alone.

Today, there are many of us who have knowledge of who Jesus is. Having such information and not acting on it, is of little benefit. Knowledge is power; but without action, it is useless and meaningless. If you have not started the journey to know more about Jesus, be encouraged, like Nicodemus was and begin today.

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