WHO DO PEOPLE SAY? / APA KATA ORANG? (in Indonesian & English)

Hari ke-14 (3),

APA KATA ORANG?

Matius 16 : 13 – 20439643634_640

“Setelah Yesus tiba di daerah Kaisarea Filipi, Ia bertanya kepada murid-murid-Nya: “Kata orang, siapakah Anak Manusia itu?”  (Matius 16 : 13)


Jawablah pertanyaan di bawah ini untuk membantu merenungkan firman Tuhan:

  1. Apa yang Yesus pertama kali kepada murid-murid-Nya? (ayat 13)
  2. Benarkan jawaban “apa kata orang” tentang Yesus? (ayat 14)
  3. Share & renungkan: Apakah anda mengenal Yesus melalui “apa kata orang”?

Yesus ingin menguji murid-murid-Nya dengan sebuah pertanyaan tentang diri-Nya? Hal ini untuk mengecek apakah murid-murid-Nya selama ini mengenal Yesus dengan benar. Pertanyaan pertama tentang “apa kata orang” tentang siapakah Yesus? Ternyata murid-murid-Nya mempunyai kemampuan merekam semua pendapat kebanyakan orang tentang siapa Yesus. Ada yang menjawab Yohanes Pembaptis, karena Herodes pun demikian (Matius 14 : 1 – 2), ada yang menjawab Elia, Yeremia dan salah seorang dari para nabi.

Ternyata jawaban tersebut semuanya keliru. Ini membuktikan bahwa kebanyakan orang tidak mengenal Yesus secara benar. Padahal Yesus sudah mengajar mereka dan melakukan hal-hal mujizat bahkan membangkitkan orang mati. Kebanyakan orang mengenal Yesus hanya sebatas nabi yang melakukan hal-hal ajaib seperti nabi Perjanjian Lama. Pelajaran pertama, “apa kata orang” belum tentu menggambarkan kebenaran. Demikian juga saat ini orang percaya jika hendak mengenal Yesus sebatas “apa kata pendeta, penginjil atau yang lainnya” belum menggambarkan pengenalan Yesus secara benar. Bisa saja semua keliru, karena pengenalan akan Yesus harus dibangun lewat pengalaman pribadi melalui melakukan firman-Nya dan doa yang konsisten.

Tetapi Yesus tidak marah akan kekeliruan tersebut. Kemudian Yesus bertanya kembali kepada mereka, tentang pendapat mereka siapakah Yesus? Tanpa menunggu waktu lama Petrus menjawab: “Engkau adalah Mesias, Anak Allah yang hidup.” Jawaban yang tidak diduga-duga meluncur dari mulut Petrus dan disikapi Yesus dengan jawaban “Berbahagia.” Ternyata pengenalan Yesus secara benar bukan berasal dari pola pikiran manusia. Yesus menjelaskan bahwa semua itu berasal dari pernyataan Bapa di Surga.

Dasar kebenaran akan pengenalan Yesus sebagai Mesias adalah dasar dibangunnya umat percaya dalam satu kesatuan yang sekarang disebut “gereja.” Tidak ada dasar lainnya yang dapat membangun umat percaya dalam satu iman dan kepercayaan yang kokoh berdasarkan Yesus sebagai Mesias. Dasar inilah yang membuat umat percaya masuk dalam hidup kekal, karena alam maut tidak akan menguasainya. Mengapa? Karena Yesus sudah menang atas maut. Kunci Kerajaan Maut sudah dipegang-Nya (Wahyu 1 : 18).

Bagaimana dengan pengenalan anda kepada Yesus? Semua itu hanya dapat berhasil dengan mengalami sendiri firman-Nya lewat praktek hidup sehari-hari. Bukan kata orang. Kadang-kadang kerikil-kerikil tajam akan anda lewati dan bukan selalu jalan lebar dan nyaman. Tetapi penderitaan dan ujian yang terjadi membuat anda mengenal siapa Yesus sesungguhnya. Ia adalah Bapa yang baik, tidak pernah meninggalkan anak-anak-Nya, mencukupi semua kebutuhan anak-anak-Nya, mendidik anak-anak-Nya menuju sebuah jalan yang bahagia pada akhirnya. Mari terus berjuang mengenal Dia secara konsisten. Jangan mundur dan putus asa menghadapi masalah. Tetap tekun berdoa dan merenungkan firman-Nya. (PS)


APA KATA ORANG BELUM TENTU BENAR


Day 14 (3),

WHO DO PEOPLE SAY?

Matthew 16: 13-20439643634_640

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked His disciples:” Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (NRSV: Matthew 16: 13)


Answer the questions below to help you meditate on the Word of God:

  1. What did Jesus first told his disciples? (Verse 13)
  2. Correct answers “who do people say” about Jesus? (Verse 14)
  3. Share & ponder: Do you know Jesus through “who do people say“?

Jesus wanted to test his disciples with a question about himself? This is to check whether his disciples knew Jesus during this time correctly. The first question about “who do people say” about Jesus? Turns His disciples have the ability to record all most people think about who Jesus is. Someone answered the Baptist, because Herod was so (Matthew 14: 1-2), someone answered Elijah, Jeremiah and one of the prophets.

The answer turned out all wrong. This proves that most people do not know Jesus correctly. Though Jesus had taught them and do things miracle even raised the dead. Most people know Jesus only a prophet who do miraculous things like Old Testament prophets. The first lesson, “who do people say” do not necessarily represent the truth. Likewise, today people believe if you want to know who is Jesus merely with “what the pastor, evangelist or other did say” yet describes the introduction of Jesus with properly. It could be all wrong, because the knowledge of Jesus must be built through personal experience through doing His word and prayer consistent.

But Jesus would not upset the mistake. Then Jesus asked back to them, about their opinion of who Jesus? Without waiting for a long time Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” The answer is not unexpected slide from the mouth of Peter and Jesus responded with the answer “Happy.” It turns out that the introduction Jesus really did not come from the pattern of the human mind. Jesus explained that all of it comes from the revelation of the Father in Heaven.

Will be the introduction of a basic truth of Jesus as the Messiah is the basic construction of believers in a unity which is now called the “church.” There is no other basis can establish believers in one faith and strong belief is based on Jesus as the Messiah. The base is what makes people believe in eternal life, because of Hades will not prevail against it. Why? Because Jesus has triumphed over death. Keys to the kingdom of Hades on His own hands (Revelation 1: 18).

What about your introduction to Jesus? All it can only be successful with his own experience His word through their daily practice. Not a who do people say. Sometimes sharp pebbles will you pass and not always wide and comfortable way. But suffering and trials which happened to make you know who Jesus really is. He is a good Father, never leaves His children, meet all the needs of His children, educate his children towards a happier path in the end. Let’s continue to strive to know him consistently. Do not retreat and desperate to face problems. Persevere in prayer and meditate on His Word. (PS)


WHO DO PEOPLE SAY HAS NOT TRUE


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