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The Conversion Of Nicodemus
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, the "chief priests and elders of the people," most of whom were responsible for the false charges that resulted in the Crucifixion of The Messiah. But Nicodemus repented (as did some of the others, before, during, or after the act, including another Pharisee, named Saul i.e. see Was Paul Among Them?). Despite the "grave" danger to himself, Nicodemus, along with Joseph of Arimathaea (another repentant sinner; a wealthy man whose grave was given to Christ, thereby fulfilling another prophecy i.e. "53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death" Isaiah 53:9 KJV), boldly claimed the dead body of the Messiah:
"19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
"Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night"
The conversion of Nicodemus came about from an encounter (i.e. Nicodemus "at the first came to Jesus by night") that He had with the Messiah during which two of the most famous quotes from the Holy Bible were created. The first was the "born again" teaching (see the Fact Finder question below). Notice how Nicodemus admits that members of the Sanhedrin knew that He was from God i.e. "we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
The second famous Scripture verse was produced in Jesus' further explanation of "born again," the John 3:16 verse "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
"3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Later, while the Council was beginning to plot the murder of the Messiah, Nicodemus urged them to not do anything illegal. His conversion was in full progress at that point. Their obvious parting occurred when the others went ahead with their criminal conspiracy, while Nicodemus not only became a Christian, but by helping to place the Christ in the tomb from which He would be "born again" after three days and three nights, became a Christian that actually applied the "born again" teaching by means of his faith in the LORD's Word.
"7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them, 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?" (John 7:50-51 KJV)