In the story you are about to read, Messiah was very plain about what was about to begin happening within the ranks of the high priests.  Could this have been the straw that broke the camels back for Nicodemus?

Before healing the sick man’s hand on Sabbath, Messiah said, “Is it lawful to restore life on Sabbath or to destroy it?” The Savior then restored life by healing the man’s hand.  The Pharisees then destroyed life by laboring in this way: {But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Messiah.}

The Savior: Resting in God’s work.  The Savior was building the kingdom, one obedient action at a time.

Pharisees: Toiling with Satan

Who kept the Sabbath that day?

Nicodemus was mighty and courageous for risking his life for what he knew was right.  He must have seen that the Sabbath was kept by Yeshua, and broken by his own people, even when The Messiah warned them not to.  It must have been as plain as the nose on His face.