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Surprised and irritated that Jesus would speak to him that way.  Nicodemus responded to what he thought was a ridiculous statement with a ridiculous question.  “But if a person is already old, how can he be born again?”

Jesus did not argue with him.  He raised His hand and said quietly, ” ‘I tell you the truth, unless one is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter God’s kingdom’ ” (John 3:5).

Nicodemus knew that Jesus was talking about being baptized in water and being touched by the Holy Spirit.  Now he was convinced that this was the One whom John the Baptist had spoken about and pointed to.

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