Jesus Righteous Frustrations
Filed Under: Lifestyle, Opinion | Posted: 11/14/2012 at 7:55AM
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Jesus, though the son of God, while on earth in human form, was subject to all of the human emotions that man experiences. Two of our stronger emotions, frustration and anger, we can see displayed by Jesus in second chapter of JOHN. The first little display we can read at JOHN: 2:4;
Jesus is at the wedding in Cana, it is not yet time for Jesus to begin His ministry or creation of miracles through His Father God, yet, Mary approaches him for help because they had no wine.
Jesus responding to her request, answers her;
"Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come."
Here we see Jesus gets upset with His Mother for asking Him for a miracle, when it was not as yet time for Him to begin His ministry. Still out of love and respect for his mother, Jesus performs His first miracle in Cana, turning ordinary water into wine. We can see Jesus frustration as he refers to Mary as "Woman" not mother.
As we read further in JOHN: we come across the story of Jesus entering the temple at Passover, and seeing the various vendors and money changers set up doing business selling oxen, sheep and doves, which were being sold as animal sacrifices, for the Passover.
Jesus gathers together some reeds and makes a scourage out of the reeds and begins chasing the traders and money changers out from the temple, and as he does so Jesus tells them;
"Take these things hence; Make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise."
Jesus was furious to see The Temple of God transformed into a place of business transactions. Although it was a common practice to sell animals meant for sacrifice as a peace offering or as a sin atonement, Jesus displays His temper His fury on the vendors and money changers, because Jesus knew what the people knew not, that one day soon He, Jesus would become the one and only sacrifice required for all the sins of man.
There are two recorded times in the Holy Bible where it appears that Jesus displays some frustration with one of His disciples, Peter.
The first time Peter shows a lack of faith, as read at MATTHEW:14: 22-31;
Jesus sends his disciples across the sea of Galilee which is actually a lake while Jesus goes off to pray. While they are crossing over the sea becomes violent and winds begin to blow. Jesus is witnessed walking across the waters to join them, and Peter maybe wishing to test his faith decides to get out of the boat and walk towards Jesus. When the winds and the sea begin to act up, Peter loses his faith and his courage and begins to sink causing Jesus to have to rescue him.
We read Jesus Comment to Peter: MATTHEW: 14: 31b; "O thee of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
Jesus begins instructing His disciples regarding the fact that the time will come when He Jesus must go into Jerusalem, where he will be handed over to be killed and on the third day be raised up, resurrected by God in fulfillment of the foretold prophecies in Scripture.
Again Peter, still not understanding, Jesus even after all of Jesus teachings, Peter takes Jesus aside and rebukes Jesus.
Jesus tells Peter sternly, "Get thee behind me "Satan", thou art an offence unto me." For Jesus to refer to Peter or any one of His disciples as "Satan" is one of the strongest unwelcomed name Jesus could use, yet he uses it in frustration and possibly anger.
One Last Time:
Peter, trying to prevent Jesus from being taken by the guards and the men of the High Priest Caiaphas, still not able to understand that this is something Jesus has foretold and must happen, draws his sword to help Jesus avoid arrest, and cuts off the ear of one of the guards.
Jesus gets after Peter again for this action out of Jesus frustration to get this sacrifice over and done with, and Jesus scolds Peter yet one more time as we can read:
"Put up again thy sword into his place: for all that take the sword, shall perish by the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be." MATTHEW: 26: 52-54