Stage 1: Curiosity
Nicodemus, a prominent figure within the Jewish Sanhedrin and a leading member of the Pharisaic religious order, came to see Jesus one night. (John 3:1) No doubt we was curious about the popular, albeit controversial rabbi he had heard so much about in the Temple and on the streets of Jerusalem.
Nicodemus’ first words to Jesus were flattering: “We all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” (John 3:2) But the well-respected Pharisee had not come to Jesus that night seeking a personal Messiah, or even seeking the Truth. No, Nicodemus was merely curious. At best He had come to investigate this would-be prophet from Nazareth; at worst, he intended to debunk Him. In either case, the fact that Nicodemus chose to seek Jesus out under the cover of darkness indicates that – whatever his intentions – he did not want his association with Jesus to be publically known.
Like Nicodemus, you may only be in the curiosity stage of your faith journey. Perhaps you’ve heard an awful lot about this Jesus, but, like Nicodemus, you’re not quite sure what to make of Him. You’re curious, yes, but also reluctant to investigate too deeply for fear such inquiries might jeopardize your relationship, social, or employment status. That’s okay. Believe it or not, that’s actually pretty normal. Jesus is a lot to take in.
Jesus is absolutely worth investigating, even if just to satisfy a lingering curiosity. Don’t be surprised, however, if what you discover about Him turns your whole world upside down – but in the best possible of ways!