There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night”(John 3:1,2).

When we turn in the Bible to John chapter three we find recorded for our learning the interesting interview between the Lord and Nicodemus—a dialogue full of the very deepest and most important instruction. We may truly say, if ever there was a time in which the history of Nicodemus claimed special attention, it is just today, in this day of man’s proud pretensions, when the utter and hopeless ruin of human nature and the absolute need of the new birth are so loudly and extensively called in question.

When we look at Nicodemus, “a man of the Pharisees,” “a ruler of the Jews,” “a master of Israel,” we find a man of the very highest position and religious reputation. To be a Pharisee in the days of Nicodemus was something to be proud of as a man. It was viewed as an advantage of the very highest order. Yet Nicodemus gave clear indication by the fact of his coming to Jesus by night that he felt in himself that all was not right, that he lacked something which could not be found in all his religion. We may here learn that no system of religion under the sun can ever satisfy the cravings of an awakened conscience, or hush the anxieties of an earnest soul that has been roused to a sense of the reality of eternal things.