March 17 – Gospel Readthrough – John 2

Read John 2:1-25

John Wooden was one of the most revered coaches in the history of sports. He coached over 600 college basketball games with a Christian cross in his pocket. Before every game he would find his wife in the crowd and make eye contact with her. He was a part of The Fellowship Of Christian Athletes (FCA), a Christian ministry working to see the world transformed for Jesus Christ by the influence of coaches and athletes. Wooden used to talk a lot about poise (self-control) which he defined as “just being yourself. Being at ease in any situation. Never fight yourself.”

The Christian can model his life after Jesus and his personality. How we handle emotions are part of our personality. Anger is an emotion that everyone deals with. Even the personality of Jesus included anger. The key idea is not losing control of your emotions. When your voice gets louder, are you losing control?

The temple in Jerusalem represented the holiness of God. When Jesus came to the temple during the yearly Passover celebration, He found that the area had been turned into a busy marketplace where people were focusing on money instead of God. His love of God took over and He decided to show everyone the real purpose of God’s house.  He cleared the tables with a whip and turned them over. I have often wondered how angry Jesus was.

He appears to be angry and under control. His anger reflected God’s hatred of evil! Romans 12:2a says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The pattern of this world is evil. Jesus witnessed the evil of people buying and selling. To love money more than God is evil. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  1 Tim 6:10.

Have you seen this?

Jesus was angry but under control.

“Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.”

Psalms 37:8b NLT

If a person can speak out against evil without losing control of emotions, then this can have a great purpose in God’s kingdom. That is what Jesus did. He became angry about evil but was under control.

“Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”John 2:16

Keep your wits. Once you lose control of yourself, you start to see things and do things that you may regret, and the good you are trying to do will be missed. Your behavior can supersede the Christian message rather than emphasize it.

Jesus was poised but filled with emotion as well as the Holy Spirit. He was here for a holy mission for the glory of God.

Can you keep your emotions under control when you are angry?

What steps can you take in order to better control your emotions?

Tom Weckesser

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