“For God's love is as great as his ways are wonderful. With that same authoritative tone unchanged, and even a higher claim asserted, with that mysterious doctrine of a new birth unrepealed, and presenting a simple illustration of man's free choice, the Heavenly Teacher comes to the grand culmination. He states the most glorious and important truth ever proposed to man's acceptance: "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." O ruler among the people, timid yet proud; self-righteous Pharisee, dimly conscious of need; teacher of others, yet thyself wanting light; doubtful of divine truth, yet yearning to know it, here it is, all in a sentence! Here resolve thy doubts, here rest thy soul, here wait till the day dawn and the shadows flee. God loves thee, though sinful; Christ came to seek thee, because thou wert lost. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (p.274)
--E.C. Dargan,”Christ and Nicodemus,” History, Prophecy, and Gospel: Expository Sermons on The International Sunday School Lessons for 1891. Boston: 1891.