SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20120219: "The Anger of Jesus"

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        We live in an angry age. People are angry over so many things in their lives they have no control over. Americans are angry over escalating crime and violence in our streets, excessive government regulations, lack of jobs, changing lifestyles, politicians that buy votes from their constituents, and the constant sending of our national wealth overseas to sometimes unappreciative and hostile countries.

        I have led Support Groups for the perpetrators of domestic violence for more than 14 years, conducting hundreds of hours of group counseling with court and Probation and Parole assigned participants. They have taught me much about domestic violence, its causes and its consequences.

        This sermon explores what is healthy anger and how to know the difference between what is healthy and unhealthy. Jesus showed us how to express anger, but even with Himself there are consequences to revealing what you are passionate about.



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Sheepfold Ministries, February 19, 2,012

Pastor Phil Roland



Ephesians 4:26-32

“We have vilified anger in the Body of Christ. Yet, we are created in God's image with adrenal glands and the capacity for hostility. Jesus displayed His anger openly three times. If He did, so can we.”                            Pastor Phil


Ephesians 4:26

"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,"

I. IS DISPLAYING ANGER A SIN? - Matthew 5:21-22

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire."

A. Anger is not a Sin, it's just an Emotion - Hebrews 4:15

            "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our                     weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as                      we are--yet was without sin."

                        1. Jesus was NOT a sinner

                        2. He did Display Anger on Occasion

                        3. Anger is NOT Sinful

                        4. What you DO with Anger can be Sinful

B. What is Anger?

                        1. Anger is simply an adrenal response to a stimulus

                        2. Anger is a Basic Part of our humanity

                        3. We are created by God for "Fight or Flight"

            C. Angry FEELINGS do not have to lead to Angry ACTIONS

            "And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council.

             But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire."

1. "Raca" is Aramaic for "Empty Head"

                        2. "Fool" in Greek, "Mo-ros" - "Moron" - "Worthless Fool"

                        3. Two Unhealthy Ways to "Vent" Anger - Ecclesiastes 7:9

                        "Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the                                   bosom of fools."    

a. EXplosive Anger - Jesus on three occasions/Moses

                                    b. IMplosive Anger - Jonah - Jonah 3:8

                                    "And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a                                        vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so                                          that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and                                            said, "It is better for me to die than to live."

                        4. Brooding over Anger can lead to Mental/Physical Illness

                        5. Anger should only be a Visitor to our Hearts

                        6. Anger should never become a Resident in our Hearts

THE ANGER OF JESUS, cont., p.2


          A.  He is Outraged at Money Changers in the Temple John 2:13-17

                  (See Also: Matthew 21:12,13 - Mark 11:15-18 - Luke 19:45,46)
            "Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to                             
Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep

             and doves, and the moneychangers doing business. 15 When He had made

             a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and

             the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables.

            16 And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not

             make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" 17 Then His disciples

             remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up."

                        1. The Half-Shekel Annual Temple Tax

                                    a. They were operating a "Money Exchange"

                                    b. Turning traveler's money into ancient Israel Currency     

                                    c. They were making a charge for the exchange

                                    d. It was Usury in God's House of Prayer

                        2. The Money Changers were like today's Bankers

                        3. Sacrificial Animals were purchased thru currency exchange

                        4. People worried they would have enough money to worship

            B. He is Angry over Hardened, Inhumane Hearts - Mark 3:1-6
            "And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a                      withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him

             on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man

             who had the withered hand, "Step forward." 4 Then He said to them, "Is it

             lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But

             they kept silent."
             5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the

             hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And

             he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

            6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians

             against Him, how they might destroy Him."

                        1. Jesus Heals the Man with a Withered Hand on the Sabbath

                        2. Somehow, this is supposed to be violating Sabbath Law

                        3. Beneath His Anger is Grief

            4. There is a Difference between Anger and Hatred

                                    a. Hatred is Brooded over. . .Obsessed about. . .

                                    b. The Pharisees Hated Jesus

                        5. Jesus was grieved over the Hardness of Heart

                        6. He was grieved over their Indifference to Human Suffering

            C. Jesus Heals a Woman on the Sabbath - Luke 13:10-17

"Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

            11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity

             eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself

             up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her,

             "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." 13 And He laid His

             hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified

THE ANGER OF JESUS, cont., p.3

             God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation,

             because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the

             crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore

             come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." 15 The

             Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of

             you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it

             away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of

             Abraham, whom Satan has bound--think of it--for eighteen years, be

             loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" 17 And when He said these

             things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude

             rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. "

            D. Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Woman - John 8:2-11

"Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the

             people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the

             scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.

             And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, "Teacher,

             this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in

             the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do

             You say?" 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have

             something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and

             wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

            7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said

             to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at

             her first." 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

            9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went

             out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And

             Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

            10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman,

             He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no

             one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said

             to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

1. Jesus' Anger here is Implied - (Eisegetical)

                        2. He expresses His anger Non-Verbally

                        3. Again, He is grieved over their Hardened Hearts

            E. Jesus Gives Nine "Angry" Woes to the Pharisees in Matthew 23

                        1. He Displays Great Passion

                        2. His Words are Sharp, Angry Words - Matthew 23:1-3

                        "Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 "The teachers

                         of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must obey

                         them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do,

                         for they do not practice what they preach.





Ephesians 4:26-32 (NKJV)
26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 nor give place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

See: The Anger of Jesus




Closing Illustration




          Alexander the Great stood at the shore of the last country that he conquered.  He was twenty-nine years of age, and dying from alcoholism.  Alexander wept, because he had conquered the known world and there were no more worlds to conquer.  He wept because there were no more of this world’s armies that would challenge his awesome war machines. 

          Anywhere he went. . . HE SAW!  And what he saw. . . HE CONQUERED!  But Alexander as great as he was never conquered himself!  Many times in his lifetime he was per- sonally defeated by HIS OWN ANGER!  Cletus was one of Alexander’s most trusted friends, and a general in Alexander’s army.  Cletus  became intoxicated and began to ridicule Alexander in front of his men. 

          Blinded by anger, Alexander snatched a spear from a soldier, and flung it at his friend.  He only intended to scare his drunken general.  Instead, his spear found it’s mark in the body of his friend!  Alexander was filled with deep remorse.  He was overcome by guilt.  After the deed was done, Alexander attemp- ted to take his own life with the same spear that killed his friend.

          For days Alexander lay sick.  He kept calling for Cletus.

He chided himself as a murderer.  Alexander the Great con- quored the world’s walled cities, but he failed to conquer his own soul!  The Proverb writer states it well,

“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” Prov. 16:32








Funny on Anger

As a passenger boarded the Los Angeles-to-New York plane, he told the flight attendant to wake him and make sure he got off in Dallas. The passenger awoke just as the plane was landing in New York. Furious, he called the flight attendant and demanded an explanation. The fellow mumbled an apology and, in a rage, the passenger stomped off the plane. "Boy, was he ever mad!" another crew member observed to her errant colleague. "If you think he was mad," replied the flight attendant, "you should have seen the guy I put off the plane in Dallas!"











The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." - 1 Timothy 1:5

Rose Kennedy, the mother of the late President, once attended a Bible Study and she shared how she came to peace with God after being resentful of Him for giving her a retarded daughter.

"I was boiling over with resentment. There was a lovely woman who was one of our maids. She sensed my boiling soul.

'Please excuse me, Mrs. Kennedy; but I've been watching you the last few weeks. I love you very much, and I hate to see this destroy your life. I say this as gently as I know how: Mrs. Kennedy, you'll never be happy until you make your heart a manger where the Christ child may be born.' "I fired her on the spot! You have no idea how filled with anger, how isolated, how focused on doubt I became..

"That night, my mind ruminated relentlessly, keeping me awake until the late hours. I could not forget that lovely face, the sweetness of her countenance, the sub-surface joy that seemed to boil up continually in her spirit . and especially those deathless words: 'Mrs. Kennedy, you'll never be happy until you make your heart a manger where the Christ may be born.' "I have loved Christ all my life, and tried to be a good Catholic girl all my years; but this was one of those joyous moments of real contact with God and his Son. So I knelt beside my bed and prayed, 'Dear God, make my heart a manger where the Christ child may be born.' I felt a fresh new divine entry into my life, and there was born in me a passion, a love for retarded children. Oh, by the way, I rehired the lovely maid. She was with us for years, until her death."

The Lord will allow many different circumstances to come into our lives. Each one of them will be an opportunity to love only as Christ can love. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for the circumstances He has placed you, knowing that His goal is love.

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand." - Mother Teresa

God's Word: "This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another." - 1 John 3:11



Animals Get Angry, too!

Gary McIntyre had just started his workday in the Canadian woods last Monday. He heard a noise, turned to look in that direction, and realized he was being charged by an angry bear! Experienced forestry worker that he is, he knew there was no time for a proper introduction. So he scurried up the nearest tree.

The bear didn't give up. She started climbing the tree behind him! "Her teeth were right under my boots," said McIntyre in a television interview. He didn't have the bear repellent he normally carries with him in the forests of New Brunswick. And he wasn't carrying his two-way radio either. So McIntyre began screaming at the bear in hopes of scaring her away. But she just kept climbing.

The bear got so close, in fact, that the man who has had encounters with bears before had to risk jumping from one tree into another to avoid being mauled by the powerful creature that was closing in on him!

"She tried to grab me for a while and after I stopped screaming, the bear calmed down," he told the TV camera. "The more I screamed, the madder the bear got." The reason for the bear's rage didn't become apparent until much later, when the trapped man saw her cub crawling down from the top of a 50-foot tree not far from where he had encountered its mother.

The cub swung to the ground, nudged its mother, and the two of them ambled off. McIntyre waited a few minutes, came down from his place of refuge, and looked one last time at the deep gouges the bear had inflicted on the tree she had clawed in frustration. Grateful those marks were not on his body, the forestry worker went home – after a harrowing eight-hour day.

McIntyre's comment about his screaming only making the bear madder and more determined to get him reminds me of human behavior. Although some people appear to think that loud, blustery threats are the means to power and influence, they more often generate anger and opposition. Whether in the workplace or at home, screeching at someone who has messed up humiliates and makes enemies. And if you happen to be on the receiving end, an in-kind reply seldom serves a good purpose and only escalates the tension and hostility.

"A kind answer soothes angry feelings," the Bible says, "but harsh words stir them up" (Proverbs 15:1 CEV).

Try to remember that the next time you find yourself out on a limb.