Leave me alone.
Boy, do we all know those three little words!
As an only child, I NEED my ‘alone’ time. Growing up as the sole child in the household, I had to learn to amuse myself. Consequently, I find myself sensitive to a lot of noise and people. I can take a lot of people for only so long. To truly relax, I crave days where I can do what I want, when I want.
Jesus never uttered the three little words I refer to above…but He did seek His alone time. I would imagine God-in-human-flesh had to have had times when He just couldn’t take people pressing around Him. He was accompanied by twelve men almost everywhere he went. He had crowds of people seeking Him out for healing, teaching, miracles, etc. He was engaging in a plan that He knew would bring the ultimate sacrifice.
John 6:15-When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
He had just fed 5,000 people. Five thousand HUNGRY people. Hungry in body and spirit. Here was someone who understood their needs and was offering them what they hungered for. They wanted to sweep Him off and venerate Him to the highest position that they could.
Jesus probably knew before they did what tactic they would take. He also knew that this wasn’t in the plan…so He left.
He wanted to be ALONE.
Luke 9:18-22-And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him; and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist, but some say, Elias, and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
After the miracle of the feeding of five thousand MEN (remember, there were probably more if you counted the women and children) Jesus had to have been weakened in spirit, if not in body. There is a toll that all who work for God endure. How then, was Jesus to renew Himself? By taking time to go off and pray alone.
The way I figure it, Jesus was praying alone but not for long as His disciples were probably in a pretty euphoric state after this miracle. I’m sure they were dancing about, positive that this would cement Jesus’ status among not only the everyday people and leaders, but to the religious leaders of that time as well. So, they were eager for Him to ‘get with the program’. I can see them rushing up to Him, waiting eagerly for Him to report on His miracle. When He asks them to tell Him what the people are saying, He knows that He is about to impart a crucial part of God’s plan to them.
Peter has figured it out…and Jesus gives them a preview of coming attractions…but they don’t really ‘get it’ here. Later, they will remember this conversation and understand the true importance. For now, their eyes are only half-open to the plan.
Yes, Jesus needed His alone time. He must have felt a bit frustrated at times. And during those times, He needed the refreshment that prayer alone can bring.
Make a point to spare some alone time with God so that you may refresh your body and soul. It helps you get through the rest of your day….