Nicodemus - "Victorious among his people."
Indeed, Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews.
But, true victory came for him when:
1. He bucked the trend - rather than hate on Jesus, as his croneys did, he came to Jesus to personally seek His truth.
2. He had sincere words of praise for the Lord - You are a teacher, you come from God, Your miracles are confirmation of this. This I know!
3. He sought salvation.
4. He was born again. This is indicated by the concern he raised to the San Hedrin at the trial of Jesus and by his complicity with Joseph in claiming the body of the Lord.
His journey shows us that we are not ultimately victorious by our position with people, but by our possession of Christ. We don't win because of our station at birth, but by our being born again.
The occasion of Nicodemus' coming to Jesus gave us the most beloved verse in the Bible: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.