Nicodemus is a contradiction. He addresses the Lord with respect and yet his nighttime visit suggests he doesn’t want his interest in Jesus’ teaching to be apparent to others. He seems willing to learn, but avoids the spiritual implications of Jesus’ statements. He wants to know more of God, but fears fundamental change. We can readily see ourselves in his exchange with Jesus.
John's gospel differs from the other three. He records fewer incidents, includes no parables, and has only brief reference to Jesus' ministry in Galilee. However, the stories John does tell of Jesus' encounters with those in need, those he loves, and even those who are his enemies are usually richer in detail and often reflect on what an event means in addition to matters of fact. John's record of his memories of Jesus has been called, "the intimate gospel." This sermon series will consider portraits of Jesus, painted by 'one whom Jesus loved,' that are found in the first nine chapters of the Gospel of John.