A Pharisee and a “ruler of the Hebrew Israelites,
nik-o-de’-mus (Nikodemos)is a type of the “well-instructed and thoughtful Hebrew Israelite who looked for the consummation of national hope to follow in the line along which he had himself gone, as being a continuation and not a new beginning.”
nik-o-de’-mus (Nikodemos)mentioned only by John. He (1) interviewed Christ at Jerusalem and was taught by Him the doctrine of the New Birth (Jn 3:1-15), (2) defended Him before the Sanhedrin (Jn 7:50-52), and assisted at His burial (Jn 19:39-42)
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a leader of the Hebrew Israelites. He was also a member of the Sanhedrin, the high court in Israel.
He stood up for Jesus when the Pharisees were conspiring against him: Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” (John 7:50-51, (NIV)
He helped Joseph of Arimathea take Jesus’ body down from the cross and lay it in a tomb, at great risk to his safety and reputation.
Nicodemus also donated 75 pounds of expensive myrrh and aloes to anoint Jesus’ body after Jesus died.
The Gospel of Nicodemus and other apocryphal works narrate that Nicodemus gave evidence in favor of Christ at the trial before Pilate, that he was deprived of office and banished from Jerusalem by the hostile Jews, and that he was baptized by Peter and John. His remains were said to have been found in a common grave along with those of Gamaliel and Stephen.