I heard someone describe the encounter of Nicodemus and Jesus as "Nick at Night". I thought that was pretty clever. Nicodemus approached Jesus at night, under cover of darkness, when no one could see. At least that's what we presume. Jesus wasn't exactly a recluse, so why come at night? We can only speculate but we guess that he was on the fence about what to believe. He wasn't ready to out himself as a follower of Jesus but he was ready to get more information. He couldn't resist learning more about this man called Jesus. I wonder about this. Do people know that we are followers of Jesus? Have we ever been "caught" living for Jesus? Or, are we those "Nick at Night" disciples who are curious about Jesus, but not ready to claim him publicly? Whatever the case you should read Christ's famous response to this man's questions; the upside of discipleship is amazing, but the downside is hell.
John 3:16-21 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” (NLT)
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 1 Chronicles 18-20