Men Love Darkness
When Nicodemus, who was a ruler of the Jews, came to see Jesus we are told that he came “by night” (John 3:2). It has been noted that we are not told why he came “by night” but many suppose that it was out of fear (John 12:42). This is not a stretch considering that Jesus ends his discussion with Nicodemus on how men love darkness rather than light (John 3:19–21).
If men do their deeds in the darkness they may be hid to men but not to God, who will make all things known. “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
In contrast Jesus in chapter four has a discussion with a sinful, adulterous, Samaritan woman in broad daylight to which his disciples “marveled.” Jesus told us to let our light shine (Matthew 5:14–16) and worry about what God thinks rather than what men think. Be not ashamed of the gospel or the Lord. Be obedient, be faithful!