Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up. “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.
They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”
Nicodemus is the Pharisee who visited Jesus at night to ask him questions. When Jesus told him, “You must be born again…”
Now, Nicodemus is showing integrity because he does know the law and is calling the way the other Pharisees are attacking Jesus into question. Here we see the case where someone sympathetic to Jesus and his teachings is willing to give him an opportunity to support his claims.
But the Pharisees are resorting to ridicule and sarcasm again.
“Are you from Galilee, too?”
Of course they know where Nicodemus is from, he is a key Jewish leader.
Then they use a blatant lie.
Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”
This is the worst offense. These guys have memorized the whole Bible. Of course prophets come from Galilee. Like Jonah. Or Hosea. They are just boldly lying to Nicodemus’ face, except that he is also a Pharisee and he knows that they know they are lying!
When you seek the truth it takes courage. There is always the chance you will be attacked, ridiculed, and held in contempt. But the truth will not be stopped.
To be a Christian, however, also means you have consideration for others who oppose the truth. You don’t use the same weapons of attack, ridicule and contempt. These are people created in the image of God and precious in his sight. And you don’t need to use false and disrespectful ways, anyway. The truth always wins out, when it comes from Jesus.
The Pharisees seem to know what is right, they just don’t want to lose the upper hand. They don’t want to lose their power. They are threatened by Jesus, because many of the people are starting to listen to him and some are believing in him.
But, we know that other Pharisees and leaders of the Jewish people will eventually be persuaded and courageous after Jesus raises from the dead. After all, the earliest Christians all come out of Judaism!
Jesus doesn’t need us to defend him, he calls us to live his life. We are never surprised when people try to use logical fallacies to oppose Jesus. We are not shocked when ridicule and lying are used against us. When you worship Jesus and you follow him, the only person’s opinion about you that really matters is, “What does Jesus think about me?”
He thinks you are someone unbelievably special…
Jesus is always watching you. When, especially does he have a smile on his face when he is watching you?