Luke 4:42

ESV And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them,
NIV At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.
NASB Now when day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and they came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them.
CSB When it was day, he went out and made his way to a deserted place. But the crowds were searching for him. They came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them.
NLT Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them.
KJV And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.

What does Luke 4:42 mean?

As One with a fully human body, Jesus needed rest and refreshment as anyone would (Luke 5:16; Matthew 14:13). Then, as now, other people had a difficult time understanding this, let alone respecting it. Several incidents in the Gospels record Jesus moving away from crowds, only to be followed, even "pestered," by throngs of people. That Jesus Himself recognized the need to recharge means we, as well, should embrace a biblical view of rest (Mark 6:31; Genesis 2:2–3). It should also inspire patience for pastors and other leaders, who are often unfairly expected to be "on the job" 24 hours a day, every day.

This moment also speaks to the difference between that which is "good," and that which is "best," in terms of ministry. Jesus could have done more miracles in that region. He could have stayed and taught longer. As good as that might have been, He had an even better purpose to fulfill (Luke 4:43).
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