Never Alone

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Markus 6:45-62 | Pdt. Paulus Surya

Jesus Walks on the Water (Listen)

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret (Listen)

53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

Bagian ini pada intinya mengajarkan bahwa persoalan hidup bisa datang sewaktu-waktu, tetapi pengikut Kristus tidak pernah dibiarkan menghadapinya sendiri. Kebenaran ini sesuai dengan janji Tuhan Yesus sendiri yang tercatat di Matius 28:20 & Yohanes 14:18. Apa saja bukti-buktinya?

We are never out of God’s Sight
Kita tidak pernah terlepas dari penglihatan/pengawasan Tuhan. Ayat 48 mencatat, “Ia melihat betapa payahnya mereka mendayung karena angin sakal.” Jadi meskipun Yesus ada di darat dan murid-muridNya ada di tengah danau, murid-murid tidak pernah terlepas dari pengawasan Yesus. PengawasanNya bisa menjadi hal yang mengganggu bagi orang yang fasik, tetapi merupakan hal yang menghibur dan menguatkan bagi kita yang percaya.

We are never out of God’s reach
“Kira-kira jam 3 malam, Ia datang kepada mereka berjalan di atas air.” (ayat 48b). Para penafsir memperkirakan jarak Yesus berdoa di bukit dengan para murid di tengah danau sekitar 3 km. Namun demikian, Yesus dapat menjangkau mereka dengan berjalan di atas air, yang menunjukkan bahwa Ia adalah Allah (lihat Ayub 9:8). Yesus bukan hanya melihat kehidupan kita, tetapi Ia sanggup untuk menjangkau kita.

We are never out of God’s help
“’Tenanglah, Aku ini, jangan takut!’. Lalu Ia naik ke perahu mendapatkan mereka dan anginpun redalah. Mereka sangat tercengang dan bingung.” (ayat 50-51). Dalam keadaan murid-murid seperti apa Yesus menolong mereka? Mereka ketakutan karena mengira Yesus adalah hantu (ayat 49) & hati mereka masih degil (ayat 52). Meskipun demikian, Yesus tetap menolong mereka. Pertolongan puncak Yesus bagi kita yang layak mendapat murka Allah, Ia lakukan pada saat kita masih lemah, berdosa dan seteru Allah (Roma 5:6-10).

Kenyataan bahwa Tuhan tidak pernah meninggalkan kita sendiri seharusnya membawa kita hidup dalam pengucapan syukur. Mari dengan bersandar padaNya, kita wujudkan ucapan syukur kita dalam hidup sehari-hari.

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Paulus Surya, 11 Oktober 2020