Nikodemus is a leader among pharisees. He is one of the leaders of the Temple. He wanted to know who this Jesus was. He went under the cover of night to find out WHO He was. Over the course of time he figured out that Jesus was the real thing. Nikodemus stood up for Jesus in the midst of his ministry as he supported Him before the leaders when they determined that he could not be judged before the members of the Sanhedrin. At the end he appeared before Cezar with Joseph of Arimathea to claim the body and dress it for burial. How does that affect the modern followers?