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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: A Picture Often Missed
By Christine Rhee
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It can come in the form of a minor irritation—like, when we can’t find our keys, or when the fly at the picnic buzzes relentlessly in our ear and won’t go away.
Sometimes, it takes on the stronger form of frustration. For instance, our work keeps getting interrupted, or we find it impossible to resolve an interpersonal conflict, despite our best efforts.
And then there is the passionate, blazing kind of anger we experience when something goes really wrong—like, when a friend betrays our confidence, or someone commits a crime against a child.
Out of all the legitimate reasons in the world to be angry, I believe Jesus had the best one. He lived a perfectly righteous life, and it led him to the Cross, where He suffered torture, wrath, humiliation—and even abandonment by His Heavenly Father—all due to absolutely no fault of His own.
And yet, even though He had every reason to be angry, He faced and endured the Cross with an attitude of submission and forgiveness!!
Why?! Of course, His motivation was His amazing love for each one of us. That is why He chose to bear God’s wrath in our place and restore us as God’s own, dear children.
But perhaps a picture that many of us miss out on is that Jesus’submission to the Cross is actually the most powerful testimony of complete confidence in His Heavenly Father’s goodness that exists.
Even in the mutilated condition that He was in on the Cross, Jesus showed that He trusted completely in God’s goodness, power, and love. This left no room for anger—only peace and trust.
We often want to use our anger to protect and defend ourselves. But James 1:20 says, “The anger of man can never achieve the righteousness of God.”
However, Jesus has shown us that following in His footsteps to the Cross can achieve the righteousness of God. Our redemption from sin and death, unto righteousness and life, is all the proof we need.
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