On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.” (John 7:37-52, NRSV)
“Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” Asked Nicodemus.
Interesting question. Which they really didn’t answer. The pharisees answered with another question and comment.
They did not have an interest in discovering the truth about Jesus, they wanted Him gone.
He was leading people to a different understanding of what it means to follow God, and that was upsetting the apple cart if you will.
Nicodemus is the model disciple in John. While those called to follow Jesus fall away at His crucifixion, Nicodemus is there.
Nicodemus comes to Jesus under darkness at first. Seeking to know who Jesus is.
Then he speaks out a little more publicly, here in chapter 7, and the next time we see Nic in the gospel of John, he is helping take Jesus’ body off the cross.
From seeker, to speaking out in Jesus’ defense, to giving Him a proper burial. Nic goes from learner to learner, and continues to grow as one following Jesus.
If only we could be as bold as Nic was.