Sometimes I think that Jesus could have probably looked like Thor. A man with a well built body holding a hammer. (Carpenters hold hammers right? 🙂 )
And there was a scene there in the movie where Thor got really angry that he overturned a heavy table inside their palace because he almost got crowned as the king yet it did not come to pass at that time. This made me imagine Jesus when he also overturned tables because of anger in what happened to their temple courts.
Two men. Jesus and Thor. They might looked the same externally and both got really angry but with different reasons.
Thor was furious because he did not get what he wanted badly, his fame and his control and his power. But Jesus got angry for a very different reason and motivation. He got angry for God’s glory in that temple. He was fighting for God’s honor and he cannot take it that some men would defile the temple. (John 2:13-16)
Now, when was the last time that you were really, really angry?
What do you think is the very root of your anger?
I believe we all can get caught trapped in this emotion called anger for many reasons. But whether you think its legitimate or illegitimate, here’s what God’s word teach us about anger:
“In your anger do not sin“: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,…” -Ephesians 4:26
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. -James 1:19-20
Here’s two things:
1. You may get angry and yet not sin
This is only possible if what drives you is honor for something that defiles God’s name. Jesus hates sin and hated what he saw in the temple! This may be very possible yet I believe its very unlikely because…
2. Human Anger is Usually Dangerous
Most of the time, our anger is often me-driven and it causes us to say or do things that we will regret and even be physically harmful to others. (e.g.We got angry because we did not receive what we believe we deserve, what we are entitled for or we have been overlooked or our ego may have been attacked or offended etc.)
Anger may not be totally bad in itself afterall…
But the next time our hearts get stirred up, the question that we should ask that man or woman in the mirror is why are you so angry?