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“Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple” by Pieter Brueghel

February 26, 2021

Dear Immanuel Family and Friends,

Today we look at a classic Lenten text: Jesus cleansing the temple. And so we are going to have Jesus lead us in a session on Anger Management 101—some do’s and don’ts.

Jesus is so human. So divine, and so human. Jesus slept—got tired, like we do. Jesus wept—felt emotional pain, like we do. Got hungry—he fasted and he feasted with the disciples. Got thirsty—one of his last words on the cross was I thirst. He grew physically weak—Simon of Cyrene had to help him carry his cross. Jesus let out a cry of pain on the cross before he breathed his last and “gave up his ghost.”

And yes, Jesus even got angry—when he turned over tables and chairs in his temple tantrum. Jesus didn’t always turn the other cheek. Jesus got angry, but sinned not. He did it the right way, as Aristotle famously advised: Be angry for the right reasons, with the right people (not the innocent), at the right time, and for the right length of time. Jesus not only had a dimmer switch and a volume dial for his anger, but also an ON and OFF switch for his anger. An emotional spigot if you will for his anger. He used his anger to protect and to empower. He didn’t hurt people or hold grudges with his anger. He forgave. But he also expected change.

Jesus was meek, which means “disciplined strength.” But he was no pushover, even as he pushed over the moneychangers’ tables and chairs of the dove sellers in the temple. Anger is not always a deadly sin. It is not a sin to feel anger or to express it. It’s human to feel anger. If you don’t ever feel anger—check your pulse and make sure you’re not a corpse. Part of our Christian character development involves paying attention to our anger, not suppressing it. We are to appropriately experience and express our anger, which means to honestly face conflict and sometimes carefully create conflict, rather than evade it or pretend it’s not there. This is a life-long trial and error exercise for all of us. Let’s learn more about it, as we take a field trip with Rabbi Jesus to the temple.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor John

February 28, 2021 Online Worship Service

Sermon Series: A Beginner’s Guide to Lent

“Anger Management 101: Temple Tantrum”
Mark 11:15-19 (NRSV)

Sermon by Rev. John C. Tittle

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We at Immanuel proclaim and strive to live by the teachings of Jesus, the Scriptures, and the church that instructs us to love our neighbor who is created in God’s image, whether they be friend or foe, similar or distinct, or a different skin tone. God has given us and entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation to transcend today’s heightened polarization in church and society. Brothers and sisters, let us continue to love one another with Christ’s love!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. John C. Tittle

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