A fictional on the life of Nicodemus
There was so much Nicodemus didn’t know. Couldn’t comprehend. How was he supposed to help others when he couldn’t fathom the Scriptures for himself?
So many odd things had occurred lately. At first, out of nowhere, came this John the Baptist fellow who claimed the Messiah was coming. Now there was a second one turning the whole world upside down. Nicodemus listened to the stories and had trouble believing even one of them.
None of them made sense.
Nicodemus was proud to be a Pharisee. He’d worked hard studying the Torah with the church fathers. Long hours, long fasts, lonely nights and crammed days. But now he knew a lot about God and the populous respected him. But of recent times, unusual things started happening in Israel that disturbed him.
He’d heard about the so-called miracle virgin birth, the water into wine at the Cana wedding. He’d heard about Bartimaeus being blind no more. He’d heard about the Jesus man’s wonderful teachings.
Could it be true? The Messiah had arrived. No, surely not. Not that one.
Nicodemus was a man who mixed with people who came from high-society, and such a thing was unthinkable. Not this man. This Jesus was too ordinary and had no breeding. Of course the “Chosen One” would come from pure, priestly bloodstock.
“This one came from fornication and my esteemed colleagues won’t have anything to do with him” he thought
He crept out one muggy Israel night, to meet with the man who some called the Messiah. The one his peers the Pharisees despised.
And right now this Jesus was telling him that he must be born of the Spirit. He spoke in riddles yet He spoke with authority as one who knows exactly what he is talking about.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. ’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
That night Nicodemus went home and thought about it … prayed about it …. He couldn’t shake it. It was like a needle poking into his thumb in search of a thorn. The words went round and round inside his head and ended up nowhere.
Then he remembered how Adam was formed from the dirt of the earth and God breathed life into that dirt. Maybe, just maybe, Jesus was talking of the same thing. God the Holy Spirit breathing life into our spiritually dead bodies. After all, we are all born of water inside our mothers. And if God breathed on us with His Spirit as He had done with the first man, it would be like being born all over again.
Nicodemus heard the truth, investigated the truth, believed the truth, and the truth set him free.
Three years later this Pharisee was now a believer in Jesus the Messiah. The events over the last 24 hours were alarming. He was one of two religious leaders who had voted against the crucifixion, but the rest of the Pharisees had ganged up and got their way.
The crucifixion went ahead.
An innocent man’s blood was spilt on the ground.