4th September 2012 by Bill Davis

I love the imagined pictures of Jesus holding a lamb or bending to touch a child. Yes, these are pictures of our loving, caring and gentle Jesus. But we had better realize there is another side to Jesus as well. When Jesus cleared the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers,  He showed great emotion and even anger.

John 2:13-16 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Jesus went to Jerusalem. There He found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves in the temple. He also saw moneychangers sitting at their tables. So He took some rope and made a whip. Then he chased everyone out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins. Jesus said to the people who had been selling doves, ‘Get those doves out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace.”
It doesn’t say Jesus asked them to leave; it says He drove them out with a whip He made Himself. His anger was pure and completely justified because at its root was men’s greed and defile of God’s holiness.
Another time Jesus showed anger was in the synagogue in  Capernaum when He healed on the Sabbath.
Mark 3:1-6 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Jesus went into the meeting place, a man with a crippled hand was there. Jesus told the man to stand up where everyone could see him. Then He asked, ‘On the Sabbath should we do good deeds or evil deeds? Should we save someone’s life or destroy it?’ But no one said a word. Jesus was ANGRY as he looked around at the people. Yet He felt sorry for them because they were so stubborn. Then He told the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did, and his bad hand was healed.”
Ephesians 4:26 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Don’t get so angry that you sin.”
The command is not to not “get angry” but to  deal with it properly.” Too often, when we get angry we loose control of the situation and ourselves. We certainly lose focus on the present situation. James, in his book, does not teach us to not get angry, he teaches us to be slow in getting angry.
James 1:19 New International Version (NIV); “My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speakand slow to become angry.”
When Peter was disagreeing with, and actually rebuking, Jesus about His imminent death, our Lord became angry and rebuked Peter:
Matthew 16:23 New International Version (NIV); “Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan!You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Now if our Lord and Savior called someone Satan and described them as a stumbling block; He had to be very angry.
Mark 11:12-21 New International Version (NIV) Selected; “The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to find out if it had any fruit. When He reached it, He found nothing but leaves. Then He said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi,look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
Jesus cursed a tree to the point it died. Yes there is a message reference being a Christian without bearing fruit, but also His disciples recognized His anger at the tree as well.
Mark 10:13-14a New International Version (NIV); “People were bringing little children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them.”
Scripture says Jesus was indignant. He was mad, He was offended and angry.
Matthew 23:27 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “You Pharisees and teachers are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You’re like tombs that have been whitewashed.  On the outside they are beautiful, but inside they are full of bones and filth.”
Jesus did not bow to the Pharisees. He wasn’t scared of them, He actually challenged them whenever He had the opportunity. He got angry and said they might look good from the outside, but inside they were full of filth and rot.
Yes, Jesus got angry. His anger was not directed toward His own gain but toward the gain of God’s kingdom.
Bill Davis

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