15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a [f]place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “ Zeal for Your house will consume me.”
Did you know that Jesus got angry? Like, really angry! He was whipping things and tipping over tables and destroying a marketplace.
I didn’t know this about Jesus for a long time. I thought he was always happy and gentle and smiling and laughing. Hmmm. Jesus angry. That’s such a weird image. Even now, after a few years digesting this, I still have trouble imagining this scene and fitting that facet of Jesus into my picture of Him.
This is a game changer. If Jesus got angry, then that must mean it’s ok for me to be angry. Concept? Freedom concept, actually. This means that I have the freedom to feel anger and frustration, and things other than happy, perfect smiles! One more step of the journey in understanding myself and my emotions and how I relate all of me to Jesus.