Having withstood (=bertahan menghadapi) the devil’s wilderness temptation (=cobaan iblis di padang gurun) and his hometown’s harsh rejection (=penolakan yang keras), Jesus journeyed (=melanjutkan perjalanan) to Capernaum, where the citizens give him a ticker-tape reception (=sambutan yang baik).

They were astonished at (=sangat kagum akan) His teaching. (Luke 4:32)

The story of what he had done spread like wildfire (=tersebar sangat cepat) throughout the whole region (=daerah). (v. 37 NLT)

People throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. (v. 40 NLT)

Could Christ want more? Enthralled masses (=orang banyak yang sangat menyukainya), just-healed believers, and thousands who will go where he leads. So Jesus …

Rallied a movement? (=Memimpin kegerakan). Organized a leadership team? Mobilized a political-action society? No. He baffled (=membuat heran) the public-relations experts by placing the mob  in the rearview mirror (=tidak mempedulikan orang banyak) and ducking into (=masuk) a wildlife preserve (=cagar alam), a hidden cove (=teluk yang tersembunyi), a vacant building (=gedung kosong), a deserted place (=gurun pasir).

Verse 42 identifies the reason: “the crowd … tried to keep Him from leaving them.”

More than once he exercised crowd control (=tidak terpengaruh oleh orang banyak). “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he told his followers to go to the other side of the lake” (Matt. 8:18 NCV).

When the crowd ridiculed (=menertawakan) his power to raise a girl from the dead, he evicted (=mengusir) them from the premises. “After the crowd had been thrown out of the house, Jesus went into the girl’s room and took hold of her hand, and she stood up” (Matt. 9:25 NCV).

After a day of teaching, “Jesus left the crowd and went into the house” (Matt. 13:36 NCV).

Though surrounded by possibly twenty thousand fans, he turned away from them: “After Jesus had sent the crowds away” (Matt. 15:39 CEV).

Christ repeatedly escaped the noise of the crowd in order to hear the voice of God.

He resisted (=menentang) the undertow (=arus) of the people by anchoring (=berlabuh) to the rock of his purpose: employing his uniqueness (=keunikan) (to “preach … to the other cities also”) to make a big deal out of God (“the kingdom of God”) everywhere he could.

And aren’t you glad he did? Suppose he had heeded (=memperhatikan) the crowd and set up camp in Capernaum, reasoning, “I thought the whole world was my target and the cross my destiny. But the entire town tells me to stay in Capernaum. Could all these people be wrong?”

Yes, they could!

In defiance (=bertentangan dengan) of the crowd, Jesus turned his back on the Capernaum pastorate and followed the will of God. Doing so meant leaving some sick people unhealed and some confused people untaught. He said no to good things so he could say yes to the right thing: his unique call. Not an easy choice for anyone.

God may want you to leave your Capernaum, but you’re staying. Or he may want you to stay, and you’re leaving. How can you know unless you mute (=menyuruh diam) the crowd and meet with Jesus in a deserted place?

“Deserted” need not mean desolate (=terpencil), just quiet. Simply a place to which you, like Jesus, depart. “Now when it was day, He departed” (Luke 4:42). “Depart” presupposes a decision on the part of Jesus. “I need to get away. To think. To ponder. To rechart my course.” He determined the time, selected a place. With resolve (=memutuskan), he pressed the pause button on his life.

The devil implants (=menanam) taximeters (=argo taksi) in our brains. We hear the relentless (=tidak kenal belas kasihan) tick, tick, tick telling us to hurry, hurry, hurry, time is money … resulting in this roaring blur called the human race.

But Jesus stands against the tide, countering the crescendo (=nada yang semakin keras bunyinya) with these words: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Follow the example of Jesus, who “often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Luke 5:16).

God rested after six days of work, and the world didn’t collapse (=runtuh). What makes us think it will if we do? (Or do we fear it won’t?)

Follow Jesus into the desert. A thousand and one voices will scream like banana-tree monkeys telling you not to. Ignore (=abaikan) them. Heed (=perhatikan) him. Quit your work. Contemplate (=renungkan) his. Accept your Maker’s invitation: “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31).

And while you are there, enjoy some blackberries. (


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