3:11 “Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Nicodemus disappears from the Jesus story after John 3:11. He makes one brief appearance in John 7:50, but does not appear again until the burial of Jesus in John 19:39.

At the beginning of verse 11, Jesus addresses Nicodemus saying “Very truly I tell you.” The “you” here is singular. Jesus is speaking directly to Nicodemus. But then a shift takes place. The second “you” in this verse – “you do not receive our testimony” – and the “you’s” that follow are all plural.

So, when Jesus says,

you (plural) do not receive our testimony,

and as he proceeds to the end of verse 22, Jesus is apparently addressing a group larger than just Nicodemus.

At the beginning of this story Nicodemus came to Jesus secretly. He came John says, “by night” (John 3:2). Possibly, as Nicodemus and Jesus have spoken, other Pharisees and leaders of the Jews have come and joined the conversation. So, Jesus now turns to address the larger gathering of religious officials, those for whom the blowing of the wind outside their prescribed parameters is particularly threatening.

To these leaders of the Jews Jesus says, “you do not receive our testimony.” And because they have been unable, to embrace the new wind of the Spirit blowing in Jesus, they will not be able to open to the deeper truth he has come to unfold. They will be unable “to receive our testimony.” They will miss that realm Jesus calls “eternal life” which his death and resurrection reveal as the ultimate truth to which all spiritual teaching finally points.

What practices in my life help me to open in the present moment to the mysterious luminous secret realm of “eternal life” that Jesus came to reveal?