This is where we might begin to think he’s a bit of a jerk. Today, John would be called a bigot or a “hater” or even a counterfeit. All because he wasn’t declaring the proximity of the kingdom of heaven with a creamy latte and a branded welcome pack.
I’m guessing that Jesus’ clearing of the temple courts in chapter 2 would have been during the heat of the day and the penetrating Jerusalem sunlight. By contrast, chapter three opens at night-time when darkness and cold temperatures would have been the silent backdrop. Think! Nicodemus would have been able to actually see Jesus’ breath in the cold air as He taught about the limitless life of the Breath of the Spirit and the ‘blowing’ of the Wind of the Kingdom.