John 3:16 didn’t resolve the mystery of God’s redeeming love for Nicodemus. It didn’t settle things instantly like a first-century search engine result. The last words he speaks in the chapter are, “How can this be?” He’s still empty of understanding. But there is reason to believe that the emptying of Nicodemus was a beginning, not an end because he stayed. He stayed with Jesus in spite of his confusion and disbelief.