The Emotions of Jesus

The Emotions of Jesus

March 1, 2018


Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is fully God and fully man.  He chose, at the Father’s direction, to lay down His deity and come to earth as a man to redeem sinful mankind.  Therefore, He was subject to (but not controlled by) His emotions, like any human being.  Jesus was very tender hearted.  Consider first, His propensity to physically touch those who were sick and needed to be healed.

(Peter’s mother-in-law) “So He touched her hand and the fever left her.”  Matthew 8:15
(Two blind men near Jericho healed) 30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”  34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.  Matthew 20: 30,34

(Blind man at Bethsaida) 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.   Mark 8:23-25

Jesus was especially compassionate toward children, as we see in these instances when He takes them by the hand or holds them.

(The daughter of Jairus)  Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Mark 5:41

(When Jesus came down from the Mount of Transfiguration) 17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit…  25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. Mark 9:17, 25-27

(Jesus Blesses Little Children) 13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God… 16 And He took them up in His armslaid His hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13, 14, 16

Jesus demonstrated anger at various times.  He cleansed the Temple of unjust merchants twice.  The first time was at the very beginning of His ministry, shortly after He had changed the water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana.

(First Passover of His public life) 13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. John 2:13-15

The second time He drove the merchants out of the Temple was the day after His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, when He was greeted with waving palms.

(A few days before the Passover at which He would die.)  15 So they came to JerusalemThen Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Mark 11:15-16

In fact, this act of Jesus, in righteous anger, caused the scribes and Pharisees to plot to destroy Him.  Why?  They feared Him because the Word of God says ALL the people marveled at His teaching. Other examples of Jesus displaying anger are noted, when He accused leaders and teacher of being “hypocrites.”  Jesus had zero tolerance for show-offs and those who put themselves above the law of love.

(After giving the Beatitudes on the Mount)

 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:5

Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5

(After He healed a woman on the Sabbath) 

15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite![a] Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”  Luke 13:15,16

We are making the case that Jesus was totally human, and displayed the gamut of emotions that any human being was subject to.  Jesus’ compassion was legendary, and probably one of the main reasons common people were not afraid to approach Him.

(Why Jesus went out teaching, preaching and healing) 

36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary[a] and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36

(He wanted to be alone after He heard of His cousin John’s death, but…) 

13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13,14

(When He cleansed a leper) 

40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”41  Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1: 40,41

However, the most poignant question we are going to address is this: How did Jesus feel about His upcoming destiny in the weeks and months before His crucifixion?  Surely as a young man the day had come when He realized Isaiah 53 was talking about HIM!

Isaiah 53:2b-3

2 … And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Furthermore, as He studied Psalm 22, at the direction of the Holy Spirit who was preparing Him for His destiny, Jesus realized the enormity of what God had called Him to do.  Was Jesus continually cognizant of the task that lay before Him?  Yes.  Was there a part of Him that had to continually put down the emotions of fear, dread and foreboding?  Yes.  To wish it were already over with?  Yes.

(To His disciples shortly before the crucifixion)

49 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Luke 12: 49,50

It is my view, although Scripture doesn’t specifically say so, that the purpose of His conversation with Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration was to strengthen and encourage the Lord before His upcoming crucifixion.

(Transfiguration on the mountain)

29 As He was praying, the appearance of His face became different [actually transformed], and His clothing became white and flashing with the brilliance of lightning. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory, and were speaking of His departure [from earthly life], which He was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Luke 9:28-31 AMPC

In this holiest season of the year for Christians, it is worthwhile to consider the emotional torment that our Lord and Savior endured.  As we appreciate His great sacrifice, we love Him more and serve Him with gratitude for His great sacrifice which purchased our eternal destiny to be with Him forever.
[All scripture quotes are from the NKJV unless otherwise specified.]

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