If we were asked to introduce a person to a crowd, we would find the most impressive accomplishments of that particular person in an effort to impress the crowd and gain their interest. We glory in great achievements and accolades that men think are important. We love the certificates, awards, and titles put before and after our names. We are impressed and attracted by all that.
In John 3, we see a very prominent person come to Jesus. Nicodemus, was a ruler of the Jews, he was a prominent member of a organization called the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin was a council consisting of seventy-one men that included priests, elders, and teachers of the law. The leader was the high priest of Israel himself. They were actively involved in religious issues that often extended to civil matters and sometimes to criminal matters. Nicodemus was a teacher in a land full of teachers. He was a Pharisee, the most pious and religious group of his day.
Religion had bestowed its honors and degrees on Doctor Nicodemus. He had risen through the ranks, and religion had honored him. He received respected and reverence any place he went. Life would have been very good in Jerusalem for a man of Nicodemus’ prestige.
But God saw Nicodemus differently than his colleagues did. God saw him differently than the crowds saw him. When God introduces Nicodemus in Scripture, he simply states, “There was a man….” Simply a man. The robes did not impress God. The titles did not impress God. The degrees did not impress God. The prayers did not impress God. The sermons did not impress God. God said, “There was a man…”
And as the conversation progressed, we see that God saw Nicodemus as a blind, impotent, halt, withered, spiritually lost man. God saw him as no differently than he saw anyone else—sinners in need of a Savior. The night of the meeting of Nicodemus and Jesus, Nicodemus was not the impressive one, Jesus was. This man stands in the presence of the Son of God.
The truth of the matter is simple. No matter who we are, where we are, or how important the world may see us, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. We all must be born from above if we are going to see and enter into the Kingdom of God. Don’t let the world’s view of you, blind you to this essential reality.