John 12:46 “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”
According to the Apostle John, Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night” (John 3:2). Was this Pharisee skulking under cover of darkness, embarrassed or ashamed that he, as one of the ruling class, was curious about Jesus?
Some have suggested that it was just cooler at night. Others have said that evening was a better time to ask Jesus questions because it was quieter and there were fewer distractions.
We really don’t know the reason Nicodemus went to Jesus at night, but John seemed determined to make a point of that specific fact. Every time he mentioned Nicodemus, he identified him by saying something like: “You know who I’m talking about, the guy who came to Jesus by night” (see 7:50, 19:39).
Nicodemus, no doubt, was quite moral and lived according to Mosaic Law. People probably thought he was a pretty good person. Yet none of that mattered. He was in the dark about who Jesus really was, and he wanted to know the truth. So he was drawn from the darkness into the presence of “the light of the world” (John 8:12).
Jesus calls us “out of darkness” too (I Peter 2:9) and promises that whoever believes Him (Jesus) will not stay in the dark (John 12:46). —-Cindy Hess Kasper
Our search for truth is hindered by
The darkness of the night,
Until the bright and Morning Star
Reveals His brilliant light. –Sper
Faith in Christ is not a leap into the dark; it’s a step into the Light.
ODB Vol. 15