Nicodemus comes to Jesus (Jn 3:2-3:2)

“Nicodemus

Came to Jesus

By night.

He said to him.

‘Rabbi!

We know

That you are a teacher,

Who has come from God.

No one can do

These signs

That you do,

Apart from

The presence of God.’”

οὗτος ἦλθεν πρὸς αὐτὸν νυκτὸς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ῥαββεί, οἴδαμεν ὅτι ἀπὸ Θεοῦ ἐλήλυθας διδάσκαλος· οὐδεὶς γὰρ δύναται ταῦτα τὰ σημεῖα ποιεῖν ἃ σὺ ποιεῖς, ἐὰν μὴ ᾖ ὁ Θεὸς μετ’ αὐτοῦ

John uniquely indicated that this Nicodemus came at night (οὗτος ἦλθεν πρὸς αὐτὸν νυκτὸς).  Either he was afraid of the other Jewish leaders or he was symbolically walking in a spiritual darkness.  He called Jesus a rabbi (καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ῥαββεί) and a teacher (διδάσκαλος).  He said that he knew (οἴδαμεν) that Jesus was a man coming from God (ὅτι ἀπὸ Θεοῦ ἐλήλυθας).  No one (οὐδεὶς) was able to do (γὰρ δύναται ταῦτα) these signs (τὰ σημεῖα ποιεῖν) without the help of or apart from God (ἃ σὺ ποιεῖς, ἐὰν μὴ ᾖ ὁ Θεὸς μετ’ αὐτοῦ).  Once again, John has not presented Jesus as a faith healer miracle worker, but just as a holy powerful teaching person.  Apparently, Nicodemus had heard about him, but it is not clear what he had heard.  Nicodemus had sought out Jesus, not the other way around.  There was an emphasis on the powerful signs of Jesus that made a connection with God seem possible.  Only God could do these miraculous signs.  Do you think that Jesus was a teacher?

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