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“Nick at Night” Saw the Light By Ben Godwin

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Much is made of the fact that Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night.” In my opinion, it is much ado about nothing.

John’s Gospel mentions his nocturnal meeting with Jesus three times. This minor detail has become an unfair stigma to an otherwise honorable man.

The perception is that Nicodemus met secretly with Jesus under the cloak of darkness, so he wouldn’t get caught associating with the controversial preacher and ruin his reputation. Don’t brand him a coward just yet.

Give Nicodemus some credit. After all, he sought out Jesus, not vice versa.

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Can we honestly say that we are aggressively seeking after God? Or are we passively waiting for Him to initiate contact with us?

Nicodemus discovered first hand that God “is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).

Perhaps Nicodemus met Jesus at nighttime for a very logical reason—they were both busy during the day! Jesus was occupied traveling and ministering to the masses while Nicodemus had many duties as a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin Court. Maybe it was the best time for them to have a conversation without being interrupted.

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