When Jesus Got Angry
What makes you really mad? I mean blow your stack, yelling curse words like a drunken sailor, almost lose complete control crazy. I can remember one time like that where I almost completely lost it.
It was the day before we were to go with a small group from our church to visit the Holy Land. We were going to fly out at 6:00 AM from Phoenix. I was all prepared with my passport and about $200.00 in cash in my wallet. Before driving down that evening to stay with the group in Phoenix close to the airport, I took my sons to soccer practice a little distracted.
Suddenly a police car is pulling me over for speeding. I get out of the car to give him my license and registration. He writes the ticket. I set my wallet on the roof to sign the ticket, get back in my car and drive away. Already upset that I now had to pay a fine, that rocket went to new heights of absolute molten lava mad when I could not find my wallet and remembered I drove off with my wallet on the top of my car … never to be seen or heard from again.
I was angry at the cop for pulling me over. I was angry at my kids for being on a soccer team. I was angry at the wallet manufacturer for not putting suction cups on the wallet so it would have stayed on the roof. I was angry at my wife for telling me it was going to be alright.
And, I was angry at myself for being such a complete idiot.
There was a moment in the life of Jesus where I believe He became red hot mad. He is in Jerusalem, and they were near the Temple where people were coming to offer their sacrifices for sin and give a tribute to the Sanctuary of ½ a shekel. However, Rome demanded that their currency be used so those coming to worship had to exchange their Roman coins for shekels to pay the tribute. Bingo, a chance to make a profit by exchanging Roman coins for Jewish coins. The predecessor for Pay Day Loans.
Jesus makes a weapon, a scourge of cords, which I am guessing since He took the time to make it He planned on using it, then, being consumed with His zeal for God, cleans house.
Chasing out those selling animals with their animals, overturning tables, spilling out the coins and totally freaking everybody out.
So, when you get so angry that you are about to lose control, remember that Jesus understands what anger feels like and what rage can do. His was righteous indignation; ours is usually not. His was justified because what they were doing was wrong; our is probably not. His led Him to justified action; ours becomes destructive to ourselves and our loved ones.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
What fills you with anger? Take it to His “throne of grace” and let Jesus help you with that anger.