When is anger a good thing? Can God use anger as a platform for His glory?
After Jesus’ first miracle where he turned the water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana in Galilee, Jesus traveled back to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover at the Temple.
It’s here where we find Jesus furious with the money changers, making a whip out of cords, driving out the sheep and cattle, and upending the money changers’ tables.
It’s said of Jesus during this moment, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
What else stirred Jesus up like this? Off the top of my head, I can think of Jesus getting upset with the Pharisees for leading people astray and also Jesus being upset with his disciples for turning away the little children. What else?
What stirs a righteous anger within me? What kind of zeal consumes me? Is it because of my Father that this anger is stirred, or is it me… my own offense, my own pride, my own disappointment?
John 2 closes with this. “Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name.”
Wow, what a week that must have been! Jesus causes an uproar by driving out the money changers and performs many miraculous signs, likely healing people and casting out demons.
Everyone in Jerusalem, including the religious elite like Nicodemus, had to be thinking, “Who is this man?!”
Anger can be as much a demonstration of God’s power as miracles are, if the anger is a righteous stand against wickedness or oppression of the weak.
Does what I stand for and how I carry myself (both my words and actions) cause “many people to… believe in His name?”
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