Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”
52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
The Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
Nicodemus, who earlier sought out Jesus in the darkness, now seems ready to become his defender. While not actually making declarations of Christ’s true status, he at least tries to slow down the plans of Christ’s enemies. Nicodemus is not yet ready fully to declare his loyalty to Christ, but there has been movement in his heart that will mature further in its dedication (cf. 19:39–42).
Though the change may come in stages, knowing Jesus ultimately changes everything about us. To borrow some phrases from an old hymn, the gospel “charms our fears” of rejection and “breaks the power” of our addiction to people’s approval. For we have, in Christ, the approval of God himself. He is our Father who sings over us (Zeph. 3:17).
*These devos are taken from Crossway's, ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.