There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
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.
This chapter is one of the most well-known and beloved among believers. The story of Nicodemus could be the story of any who are drawn to the Lord, but are fearful of the reaction of others if he made his curiosity known.
Nicodemus was one of those impressed by Jesus’ signs (John 2:23), and a member of the ruling Sanhedrin. He was religious (of the Pharisees), educated (Nicodemus is a Greek name), influential (a ruler), and earnest enough to come by night. Nicodemus came to Jesus as we all must: Seeking, asking, concerned with the truth of God’s Word.
Why did he come by night? We aren’t told, but perhaps he wanted to speak with Jesus without the interruptions of crowds of people. Perhaps he was concerned for his standing among his peers. Maybe he was having trouble sleeping, and decided to go question the Rabbi and settle his doubts. What matters, of course, is that he went seeking the truth, and he went to the right Person, the Source of all truth.
It seems Jesus must have known he was coming.
Nicodemus addressed Jesus with a term of respect, Master. Nicodemus himself was a person of considerable respect, as a member of the Sanhedrin, which was the religious ruling body of the Jews. But he recognized that Jesus spoke and acted with an authority far above that of man. He believed that Jesus’ miracles could be done only by the power and authority of God.
What I love about this story is that it is a beautiful example of leading a seeking soul to the Savior. It’s a pattern we can follow today.