When I read the story about Nicodemus and Jesus, I wondered how Nicodemus could be a leader of the Jews, a Pharisee, and still be so afraid. Nicodemus took the time to seek out Jesus at night, to talk with Jesus about the miracles he witnessed. The fact that Nicodemus was looking for Jesus at night alerts me that he wanted his meeting with Jesus to be private; he wanted NO ONE to know.
When you don’t want to be found out, you sneak out when no one is awake or aware of your presence. When we don’t want to be judged, we do things at night. Night symbolizes what’s done in the dark, in secret.
I love that Jesus answered Nicodemus’ questions, and he posed one for Nicodemus as well, in verse 12:
“I tell you about things of the earth and you do not believe them. How will you believe if I tell you things about heaven?”
It reminds me of how we can pray, cry out, and get frustrated about a certain thing. Jesus can repeat answers over and over again but if we are not open and ready to listen, the answers won’t mean anything.