Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court of the Jewish people (Jn 3:1). He held "the office of teacher of Israel" (Jn 3:10). Yet he did not understand that we:
- must be born again,
- must be born again from above (Jn 3:3), and
- can be born again of water and Spirit (Jn 3:5).
Even today, after thousands of years of massive violence, injustice, war, deceit, and selfishness, most people are like Nicodemus. They don't realize that our human nature is so fallen and wounded that it cannot be repaired or adequately controlled. Possibly they refuse to come to the obvious conclusion about the condition of our human nature because they believe it would leave them hopeless. They prefer a groundless, mindless hope to the stark truth.
Thankfully, we do not have to choose between being a naive fool or a candidate for suicide. Jesus is our Savior. He saved us by dying and rising for us. We can be baptized into His death and resurrection (Rm 6:3-4). In Jesus, we can crucify our old nature (see Gal 5:24) and be raised as new creations (Gal 6:15).
The risen Jesus is our Savior, Hope, Truth, Life, Lord, and God. Worship Jesus and witness for Him.