Saturday, October 25, 2014

Yesus yang Mungkin Kamu pernah Dengar tetapi tidak Kenal secara Peribadi


Tiada siapa diantara kita yang suka diarah oleh orang lain. Ada sesuatu tentang diri manusia yang tidak senang apabila diberi arahan. Kita tidak kesah jika kita diberitahu untuk melakukan sesuatu, kita mungkin dengan sukarela ingin melakukannya. Tetapi apabila diarahkan untuk melakukannya? Kita mungkin tidak senang hati. Majikan, rakan sekerja dan termasuk ibubapa juga. Kadang-kadang kita mahu berkata kepada mereka untuk pergi jauh dari kita.

Yesus ialah seorang Individu yang suka mengarahkan kita tentang apa yang harus kita fikirkan, apa yang harus kita lakukan, dan bagaimana untuk kita menjalani kehidupan ini. Yesus mengajar dengan penuh yakin dan begitu pasti. Ada perkara yang Dia katakan sangat menakjubkan sehingga sesiapa yang mendengar-Nya menyangka bahawa Dia seperti seorang yang sangat berpelajaran dan berpengetahuan tinggi. Namun, pada masa yang sama orang ramai tahu bahawa Dia tidak pernah pergi ke sekolah teologi atau melanjutkan pelajaran ke universiti.  Ramai orang mengaku bahawa Dia memiliki kebijaksanaan dan mempunyai autoriti untuk berkata sesuatu. Kemana saja Dia pergi ramai orang akan ikut, dan apabila Dia berkhutbah mereka akan mendengar-Nya dengan sepenuh perhatian dan seringkali ingin mendengar lebih lagi. Mereka tidak semestinya percaya, tetapi mereka sangat tertarik kepada-Nya. Ada sesuatu yang unik tentang Guru ini.

Kata-kata yang datang dari mulut Yesus sangat berbeza daripada guru-guru yang pernah mereka dengar sebelum ini. Dia tidak membuang masa membaca atau mendengar kata-kata daripada orang lain. Dia tidak memetik ucapan atau merujuk kepada tulisan guru Taurat yang lain sekerap guru-guru pada masa itu. Malah, Dia berkongsi tentang pengetahuan peribadi-Nya bersama TUHAN dan menyatakan Firman-Nya dalam setiap isu kehidupan mereka. Dia kadang-kadang bertindak untuk memberi penjelasan dan menggunakan autoriti-Nya menyampaikan Firman yang lebih tinggi lagi dari para nabi dan guru-guru pada masa lalu. “Kamu sudah mendengar yang diajarkan kepada nenek moyang kita… tetapi sekarang Aku berkata kepada kamu…” (contoh, Matius 5:21). “Percayalah…”, “ Sungguh benar kata-kata-Ku ini…” (contoh, Yohanes 5:19,24).

Mereka tidak pernah mendengar orang berkata-kata seperti Yesus. Ini ialah suatu ajaran yang baru, kata mereka. Matius 7:28-29 menyimpulan reaksi mereka begini: “Setelah Yesus mengatakan perkara-perkara tersebut, orang ramai sangat hairan dengan cara Dia mengajar. Dia mengajar dengan wibawa, bukan seperti guru Taurat mereka” (BM). Guru Taurat mengajar mereka melalui ‘autoriti’; Yesus mengajar mereka dengan autoriti – dan mereka semua pasti dan mengaku bahawa Dia unik dan berbeza daripada orang lain.

Mungkin kamu pernah mendengar tentang Yesus. Mungkin juga kamu mendengar-Nya melalui orang lain di gereja, masjid, kuil, televisyen, radio atau internet (atau hanya melalui blog ini). Mungkin kamu pernah membaca buku-buku yang ditulis oleh ahli sejarawan atau ahli ulama agama. Mungkin juga kamu tidak didedahkan langsung tentang siapa diri Yesus yang sebenar. Mungkin kamu percaya bulat-bulat tentang tanggapan dan perkongsian orang lain tentang Yesus. Mungkin juga kamu tidak kesah. Saya tidak tahu. YESUS KRISTUS. Nama yang seringkali membuat orang tertanya-tanya. Nama yang menimbulkan rasa marah kepada orang yang tidak percaya kepada-Nya. Nama yang sangat ditakuti dan Nama yang menyebabkan umat-Nya dianiaya di seluruh dunia. Dan Nama yang menyebabkan Alkitab dirampas dan dibakar tanpa sebab. Bagi orang yang mengenal-Nya secara peribadi, Nama YESUS membawa kebebasan, harapan dan ketenangan. Bagi kamu, siapakah Yesus itu? Siapakah Dia sehingga Dia berkata seperti ini?

Mula dengan membaca kitab-kitab injil tentang Yesus dalam Alkitab Perjanjian Baru.
Berdoa semoga Tuhan memberikan petunjuk dan iman untuk kamu melihat kebenaran-Nya.
Inilah masanya untuk kamu mengenali YESUS secara peribadi.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Jesus on the Process of Spiritual Growth (Mark 4:26-29)


The parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20) is the parable of the parables. “Don’t you understand this parable?” Jesus asked his disciples and us today, “How, then, will you ever understand any parable?” (Mark 4:13). Thus, it is important for us to understand first or to read through again the parable of the Sower before we study the parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29) and the parable of the Mustard Seed (4:30-32). It will be must easier to understand other parables too (Click HERE to read my previous reflection).

Jesus went on the say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters the seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain. When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come” (Mark 4:26-29, GNB).

Whenever we read a parable like this, we must remember that: it is a parable. The truth is there but don’t try to over-spiritualize every details. For believers, the obvious is the core message. In essence this parable is about the mystery of how God’s Word grow in the hearts of men. It is about the process of spiritual growth in the Kingdom of God. I’m encourage by this parable because even if I don’t know how God’s Word grow in people’s lives, but as I “sows God’s message” (Mark 4:14), regardless of how much people “hear the message” (4:20), I know that sooner or later it will produce “the fruit.” Therefore, I’m very comfortable with this mystery.

[The sower] does not know how it happens.” The process of growth is hidden from us. Before I seriously studied this parable, I thought that there are ‘secrets’ formulas that we have to know to advance the Gospel and there are some persuasive evangelism techniques that we should mastered before we witness to people. I failed to realize the element of mystery in God’s Kingdom. This extra dimension is what missing from my personal witness and understanding of spiritual growth. I thank Jesus for this parable! Another truth I learned is that the growth is gradual. As the man in this parable sleep, “the seeds are sprouting”; as he get up, the seed are “growing.” The growth starts small, slowly but keep on growing.

The seeds sprout mysteriously, hidden, gradual and slowly but surely it will grow! The growth is sure. It will eventually be “full of grain.” I like to end this reflection with an encouragement: Share God’s Word as much as possible, as frequent as possible, as faithful as possible. Never give up, never get tired, never pull out. Speak the Word, live the Word, share the Word. You might never get to see how “the seeds” of God’s Word may grow in people’s lives but remember that it will grow hidden within their hearts, it will gradually grow day by day. And if “the soil” (4:28) is good, the growth is sure! Friend, the “harvest time [will and] has come.” Where is your “sickle”?

The Kingdom of God is like this.”
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Be a Reading Person or a Boring Person


A research says that ‘reading engages the mind. Reading materials, by exercising our memory and imagination, can contribute to happiness in ways similar to active positive thinking. Regular readers are about 8 percent more likely to express daily satisfaction’ (Scope, 1999). Even if we don’t read any research at all, we know that those who read books benefit from what they learn and entertainment or inspirations they receive. In addition to that, they get to exercise their brain, and when we do that, we feel satisfied that we are spending our time wisely.

Questions: Which would you choose to be, a person with an ever-decreasing attention span, or a person with an ever-increasing attention span? A person with access to the second- and third- work that would have been considered rubbish two decades ago, or a person with access to the work of the greatest minds we have ever known? A person with access to limited same basic story with the same basic characters, or a person with access to hundreds of choices that span nearly an infinite imagination? A person who likely won’t be able to remember a story in ten minutes later, or a person who might carry the Story for the rest of his or her life?

Last question: Which would you rather be, a person who usually spends his or her free time in front of the television, the internet and smartphone, or a person who usually spends his or her free time reading?

Reading is important for me because as Stephen King says
If you don't have time to read,
you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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