Jesus encountered a man with a withered hand. He had compassion on him, and desired to bring him healing.
But the Scribes and Pharisees had no compassion. They did not care about this man. All they cared about was looking for a way to trap Jesus.
In response, the holy emotions of Jesus are enflamed with anger:
“he had looked round about on them with anger,
being grieved for the hardness of their hearts . . .”
In these days of so-called “tolerance”, our fallen culture feeds us many lies. For example:
- “Christians should never get angry.”
- “Jesus treated everyone with tenderness and tolerance.”
- “Jesus never got angry.”
- “Getting angry is not Christ-like.”
These are popular myths about Christ, and about Christianity. But they are all lies. These sorts of statements cannot be found anywhere in Scripture.
It is true that Jesus never became angry when people attacked Him personally.
He was perfectly humble.
It is true that Jesus never became angry over a person’s past sins.
He was perfectly forgiving.
But Jesus did become angry–on more than one occasion–with unrepentant people.
When unrepentant sinners treated the temple as a hideout for thieves, instead of treating it as a house of prayer, Jesus became angry. And when the religious leaders were unrepentant, trying to trap Jesus, and lacking compassion for those who needed healing, Jesus became angry.
If you are guilty of lying, fornication, or murder, and you come to Jesus with tears of repentance, He will forgive all your sin, He will cleanse you, and He will have no anger towards you.
But if you refuse to repent of your sin, and you are determined to continue committing it, then Jesus will not forgive you, and you can be assured that Jesus is angry with you.
So must we be angry, if we are to be like Christ.
When people attack us personally, let us respond in holy humility.
When we know of people’s past sins, let us respond in holy forgiveness.
But when people boldly and repeatedly sin,
with hardness of hearts, and without any hint of repentance,
just like Christ, let our hearts burn with a holy anger.