“Seekers” … People who are checking out the claims of Christ, of Christianity, and the lives of those who claim to “follow Christ” and deciding whether or not they will embrace Jesus Christ in faith and decide to follow Him as their Savior and Lord.
They’re all around us! They come from all walks of life – all religious (or irreligious) backgrounds – from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. And we who are Christians have a responsibility to accurately represent Jesus to them (and His claims) without distortion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We certainly do not want them to draw wrong conclusions about our Lord and Savior! After all they’re checking Him out – they’re making decisions about whether or not to follow Him!
There were two key “seekers” who encountered Jesus… He responded perfectly to them… And I think how He responded to them is an example for us… Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. We don’t know a lot about Joseph, but he was obviously checking out not only what Jesus taught – he was also checking out what He did – His life and ministry. Nicodemus, on the other hand, looked Jesus up and engaged him in a wonderful, life-changing, conversation (check out their conversation in John 3:1-21)
And the result? Both of them declared themselves – they “came out of the closet” for Jesus when “push came to shove” – when taking a stand required faith and commitment! Here’s their story from the Bible (I read it this morning during “Coffee with the Lord”)…
“After these things [the crucifixion] Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they [both of them] took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there [and according to Matthew 27:57-60 it was Joseph’s own tomb!].” (From John 19:38–42 ESV)
Gotta tell you, I want to live in such a way as a follower of Jesus that others are attracted to Him, want to follow Him, and make quality decisions to follow Him!