Jesus and Nic (John 3:1-21)

Jesus and Nicodemus

Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night. He was a Pharisee which means that he was very devout in following the Old Testament Law. He was highly schooled in the scriptures and took his faith very seriously. Paul was a Pharisee. We often use the term Pharisee synonymously with hypocrite. Some of them were hypocrites because they claimed to be zealous for God but were actually in opposition to God’s plan in Jesus. Many Pharisees became Christians. We know about Nicodemus and Paul, but there were others at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15.

 Jesus Cleanses the Temple (John 2:13-25)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

When Jesus entered the temple, he was outraged by the commercialism of the temple area. It had the surface appearance of supporting worship, but was really being driven by profit. The Old Testament Law tells about sacrifices that were to be made at the temple. Bulls, lambs, and doves were all sacrificed at the temple. Anybody who didn’t live in the Jerusalem area would need to buy an animal for sacrifice. The Law also allowed a monetary offering in the place of some sacrifices.