He came at night to see Jesus but I don’t think that we can appreciate the gravity of the situation as to being a seeker of Jesus. The synagogue was your life and if you were cast out - there went your whole life.
For sure! I was merely stating that the Word says he visited at night, and that would indicate he is battling his fears while seeking truth. That’s real human interaction there. I’m not judging Nicodemus. I’m merely observing the expository nature of the detail. It is another great, documented event in the Bible demonstrating real people in their real struggles, and how God meets us there.
Another point that we touched on but I’d like to bring up again is the beginning of the lesson or the end of chapter 2. Jesus did not entrust Himself to man because He knew what was in them. Does He do the same to us ever now? Or is it a matter of having the Holy Spirit within us now and so He trusts us?
I think Jesus, in His physical presence, experienced things we cannot wrap our minds around. My Amplified Bible puts John 2:23-25 this way:
Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in His name [identifying themselves with Him] after seeing His signs (attesting miracles) which He was doing. But Jesus, for His part, did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people [and understood the superficiality and fickleness of human nature], and He did not need anyone to testify concerning man [and human nature], for He Himself knew what was in man [in their hearts—in the very core of their being].
As God incarnate, He would be offering Himself in the physical presence as well as in His divine nature. He knows who truly believes Him in His true identity, and who regards Him as the current rock star, or a quick fix, or a trouble maker, etc., and His response on earth and in Spirit is according to that knowledge. He entrusts us with the Holy Spirit when our belief comes from the cleansing of His Word, and grants us fellowship.
My original point was that as He is the physical manifestation of love itself, He experienced a great deal of grief over us in body (interpersonal earthly relationships) and Spirit because of our nature in a multitude of ways.
Do you think this is possible?