One man who believed in Jesus was a ruler among the Jews. He
was Nicodemus, a rich Pharisee. Most of the Pharisees were very proud. They did not believe that either John the Baptist or Jesus
were teachers sent from God.
Nicodemus was not like the other Pharisees. He heard Jesus teach the people who had come to worship at the Passover. "Surely Jesus
is very great," Nicodemus thought.
While other Pharisees were finding fault with Jesus, Nicodemus wanted to hear more of his teachings. One night he went to the place
where Jesus stayed to talk with him.
Nicodemus said, "Master, we know you are a teacher from God. No man could do the miracles you do unless God was with him."
Jesus wanted Nicodemus to know about the kingdom of God. He said, "Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus was puzzled. He asked, "How can a man be born after he is grown up? Can he become a tiny baby again?"
Jesus did not mean that a man would be born again in body but in heart. He said, "Unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter the kingdom of God. Do not be surprised when I say that you must be born again. The wind blows. You hear it and you
see what it does. Yet you do not see the wind itself. You cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. That is the way it is with
those who are born again."
Nicodemus thought about Jesus' words. No one could see the Spirit. Yet a person whose heart was changed, born again, would
act as if he had the Spirit of God in his heart.
Finally Jesus said tenderly, "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life."