“the Messiahship of Jesus from Nicodemus’ Perspective; According to John”

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LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

“The Messiahship of Jesus from Nicodemus’ perspective,

according to John”

A RESEARCH PAPER SUBMITTED TO

Dr. Joseph Pak

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT FOR THE COURSE

NBST 615

JOHN

BY

P. A. STACHELEK

October 6, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

THESIS STATEMENT:…………………………………………………………………………..1

INTRODUCTION:………………………………………………………………………………..1

BODY:……………………………………………………………………………………………..2

CONCLUSION:……………………………………………………..........................................…12

BIBLIOGRAPHY…………………………………………………………………………………13
THESIS STATEMENT In John’s gospel account, it is clear from the first words of chapter 3, that Nicodemus sees
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Howick continues on to say it was reported in scripture that Nicodemus veiled his initial meeting with meeting under the cover of darkness in order to avoid the same persecution that open followers of Jesus had suffered.[2]

Like many other Jews of this time period Nicodemus was curious about Jesus but he was fearful of the ruling assembly of the synagogue, and would not make his presence known in public with Jesus. Still, he had to see this man, this Jesus; he had to know if he was the Messiah or not. Apparently Nicodemus was not so convinced that he was willing to risk being seen with the radical, who some were calling the Messiah, so he came to Jesus at night to hedge his bets. On one hand, he could get the answers he longed for, and receive that sweet confirmation he needed, but at the same time, by approaching Jesus under cover of darkness he could avoid detection and also the embarrassment if he was wrong about the Lord’s identity.

Nicodemus comes right to the point of his visit by saying “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God”. Nicodemus had obviously been informed about Jesus’ teaching and actions and he would most

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