Jesus had lots of emotions, but never this one

by Kevin on November 9, 2010

Every night for two weeks, I stood in the pen and roped my horse. I was preparing for the “hoolihan”  roping event at the upcoming ranch rodeo. A hoolihan is a loop used to to catch horses and I wanted to be ready. I don’t have to rope my horse to catch him, so this was kind of new to him too. After the first 3 loops, he stood there and let me rope him. That was the case until the night of the rodeo, he must have forgotten all about our training sessions.

I stepped in the ring with my loop and you would have thought I was holding rabid bear. Ace ran from me like a three year old at bed time. I swung my loop and missed.

I stepped out of the ring because you can only throw one loop at a time. Bailey Clark stepped in and threw his loop at his horse and missed. I jumped back in there.

This time, Ace let the loop fall over his head and then he ducked out of it. I was gettin’ mad now.

Time ticks slowly by at 1,000,000 mph.

Another miss….now I’m not only mad, but embarrassed.

Tick…Tock…Tick….Tock

I finally catch and we saddle up and race for the finish line. We were thirty seconds late and received a no time.

Can a Christian get mad and still be a Christian? There is a false thought out there that if a person is a Christian, they must have no emotional response to situations at all except for loving and forgiving. Well, quite frankly that makes me mad.

Lets look at the greatest example this world has ever seen and see what range of emotions Jesus went through.

1. Love
Jesus made this his number one goal. Even when the were nailing him to the cross, he was lovin’ on folks.

2. Sad
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35. It talks about the response Jesus gives when he finds out that his buddy Lazarus has died. The verse simply says, “He wept.” Another example of Jesus being sad is the night before he is to be killed on the cross Jesus says, “I am sorrowful to the point of death.”

3. Mad
There are several times that Jesus got mad. He got mad at the money changers in the temple. He got mad when some Pharisees refused to answer his questions. But all of this anger was born out of his love for God and man. He didn’t hold grudges and it wasn’t directed at people, but at their sinful actions and their responses or lack of.

4. Fear
Probably one of the greatest verses in the Bible that shows just how human Jesus was is found in Matthew 26:39 when Jesus basically asks his Father if he can accomplish what he’s supposed to do without going through the suffering and the pain. But Jesus also says to his Dad, “Not my will be done, but yours.” Then God sends angels down to strengthen him.

There are other emotions that Jesus’ exhibited from time to time. He got fed up with some of his disciples and got on to them. He even joked around at the expense of some religious folks when he said, “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.” He even got tired of being around people and withdrew to a quiet place more than once or twice.

The one thing that Jesus never did though was whine. If he even felt close to that emotional response, he went to his Dad in prayer. Christians can be the whiniest bunch of babies around, but there is no biblical justification for that emotion. If you find yourself a little “whiney” today, do what Jesus did and pray about it.

It’s fine to have emotions, but only let love run your life. Don’t let fear, anger, resentment, self-pity, or any other negative emotion run your life.

Can you think of another example where Jesus showed an emotion not listed here?

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  • You can’t talk about Jesus’ emotions without talking about compassion. Although I suppose that falls under love it seems like the kind of thing that deserves mention. Mark 1:41

    • Kevin

      You are absolutely right about compassion. There could be a whole post on the different levels of love that Jesus showed: Compassion, mercy, willingness, forgiving, and could you ever reach the end of that list?!

  • Don Coyote

    Courage:

    Mathew 4: 5,6
    5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
    6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

    “‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

    I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I don’t do well on heights much over 10 feet. I have to send some of the kids (who are fearless) up the mango trees to get the higher-up fruit. I do all right pickin’ ’em up off the ground, though.

    • Kevin

      On the thought of courage, it is most evident when he knew exactly what was going to happen to him and did everything right anyway. Thanks Don.

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