The passage in John 3 shows the importance that John places on the Lord encountering individuals. The Lord takes time to deal with the individuals and their souls. When Nicodemus has this encounter with Jesus, it is the first time he encounters the Gospel.
1. The religious teacher has an interest in Jesus - his approach - his address - his acknowledgement
2. The religious teacher is instructed by Jesus - Jesus deals with the subject of salvation - Jesus deals with the source of salvation - Jesus deals with the issue of sin as he talks about salvation - Jesus tells Nicodemus about the Savior - Jesus talks about the matter of spiritual birth - Jesus shows Nicodemus the security of salvation