I’ve been working on an essay for college on a guy called Nicodemus who appears in John’s Gospel.
Jesus and Nicodemus have a conversation and what Jesus says totally baffles Nicodemus that he ends up exclaiming “How can this be?” I was reading Calvin’s commentary on the section and he had a very interesting insight about Nicodemus’ failure to understand.
Every thing that he hears appears monstrous, because he does not understand the manner of it; so that there is no greater obstacle to us than our own pride; that is, we always wish to be wise beyond what is proper, and therefore we reject with diabolical pride every thing that is not explained to our reason; as if it were proper to limit the infinite power of God to our poor capacity. (Commentary of the Gospel of John, Vol. 1, 116)