Epilogue: The Appearance

“He is risen!” Nicodemus couldn’t believe his ears.

“What did you say?” he demanded to the young man who was standing in front of his door. It was Nathanael, a friend of Malachi.

“Jesus is risen, we have seen him. He has called all his disciples to come to Galilee.” Nicodemus half turned into the house.

“Get ready, Abigail,” he said to his wife, who was standing behind him. “I want to see the Messiah one more time before I die!” Since the day that he had rolled that stone in front of the grave, his health hadn’t been the best. The news of the empty tomb now rocked the whole city. Nicodemus had left the Sanhedrin at his own wish, but he knew what the chief priests and Pharisees would do. They would try to make the whole thing look like a lie. He smiled to himself. Now he would see the Messiah.

Several days later he saw the risen Son of Man, who is the Son of God, with his own eyes, along with about 500 other believers in the Messiah. He saw, because he had already believed. He also witnessed the remarkable feast of Pentecost and was baptized in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Nicodemus understood this truth:

Jesus also performed many other miracles in his disciples’ presence that are not written down in this book. But these have been written, so you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

— John 20:30-31 according to the translation of Cheney and Ellisen