Character study – Talk by Dele Oke – www.wordlibrary.co.uk The life and times of Nicodemus It started at night, when Nicodemus came to the Light. Who was Nicodemus? A Jew. A Pharisee. A member of the Sanhedrin (The highest legal, legislative and judicial body of Jews). A teacher of the Old Testament. The man who came by night He makes three appearances in the Gospel of John. John 3, 7 and 19. Reading: John 2:23 – John 3:2. Jesus Knew all about mankind Education, nature and culture may improve a person, but only grace can transform a person. Nicodemus’ first words to Jesus We know you are a teacher sent by God. There are depths of our personality and being that will only be transformed when we realise who Jesus is and fall in love with him. Changing our mindset The Gossip. The adamantly selfish person Selfishness is one of the greatest hindrances to the cause of Christ. (D.L Moody). The Timid one. The worldly mindset. A character change John 7:45-52. The second appearance of Nicodemus presents a changed man. You can either acknowledge your mistakes and weaknesses , change and move on, or you can justify them and stand still. Spiritual growth Vision Intention Means (Dallas Willard) A worthwhile ministry John 19:38 – 42. When Peter had denied him. The disciples forsaken him. Jerusalem disowned him. Pilate had hands off him. The religious rulers had condemned him. Everyone had crucified him. Then Nicodemus stepped out to receive him.