“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
Something about the dark of night is a little scary. When darkness falls, doors get shut and locked, lights come on, and there is a feeling of things hiding in corners and under beds. Just ask kids! They are certain there are creepy, scary monsters waiting under their beds to grab an arm if it happens to go over the edge. Parents tell their kids to be home by dark. There is a dividing line between the light and the darkness that diminishes our safety. Statistically, this is true, one is more likely to encounter trouble, accidents, crimes, and sicknesses at night. Yes, there is a different quality to darkness.
In the darkness of the night, Nicodemus comes seeking wisdom from Jesus. He comes under the cover of darkness to lessen the chance that he might be recognized by his peers. He doesn’t want anyone knowing that He is seeking the council of Jesus, a man whom has caused such an uproar against the Pharisees and priestly leaders of the Jews (one of which was him).
- “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light…” John 12:36
Jesus exposes to Nicodemus the darkness in his own heart. Though he was seeking, Nicodemus could not see and believe the fullness of what Jesus was teaching him because he was remaining in the dark, hiding behind the knowledge he already knew, and could not open his mind to see and believe the full truth of the light.
- “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6
Nicodemus had all the credentials. He had studied the Scriptures from birth, knowing everything that could be known from the Law. He was a highly acclaimed teacher of the Law, Pharisee, and ruler of the Jews; however, he had not allowed the light to expose his own darkness. He would not listen to the Light and Truth, Jesus Christ, God in flesh.
- “This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for the fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:19-21
Nicodemus loved the darkness. Though he preached against evil and wickedness, his heart possessed the darkness of evil because he could not receive the full revelation of Jesus Christ, and thus his rejection was darkness to God.
- “Jesus answered and said to [Nicodemus], “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
The only way to come into the full knowledge of the Light is to seek and find Jesus Christ.
- “This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’” Isaiah 48:8-9
- “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5