Often we see articles with the headline: “10 Facts about …” usually highlighting a celebrity or someone currently in the news.
A good teaching tool is to do that with Bible characters.
What are 10 facts about their lives?
So, let’s do 10 facts about Nicodemus.
1. Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Pharisees were a religious group determined to keep all 600 laws of the Torah.
2. Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin can be compared to the Supreme Court. They were the ruling council in Jerusalem.
3. After Christ threw the moneychangers out of the temple during Passover, Nicodemus came to him at night to ask questions. Most Bible scholars think he came at night so others wouldn’t see him. But some think, as a leader, he was checking out who this Jesus was, the One who had the authority to stop what was going on in the temple. Still others think he had questions and night was the only time he could talk to the Lord Jesus without others crowding around. The Bible does not tell us exactly.
4. Nicodemus asked the Lord Jesus how one could be born again. He didn’t understand the Lord’s answer. Jesus said, “You are Israel’s teacher and do you not understand?” In other words, you of all people, should get what I’m saying. (John 3:10)
5. Nicodemus’ conversation with Christ is recorded in John 3.
6 . The Sanhedrin were the ones who ordered Christ put to death (though they had to have Pilate’s agreement).
7. During the trial, Nicodemus was the one who attempted to be fair. “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?” The others just mocked Nicodemus’ question. (John 7:50)
8. Nicodemus was with Joseph of Arimathea (another member of the Sanhedrin and very wealthy) when Joseph took custody of the body of Christ. Joseph had become a Christ follower.
9. Nicodemus brought 75 pounds of myrrh and aloe to use in the burial. Interestingly, the disciples are missing from this scene. (John 19:39)
10. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea were the ones who prepared Jesus body for burial and carried Him to Joseph’s own tomb.
I think Nicodemus will be an interesting man to talk to when we get to heaven. He went from being a leader of the Pharisees to someone who (along with Joseph) took custody of Christ’s body after His death – a huge life change.
What a great man to introduce to our kids.