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Christian Pilgrim

 

163. Christ showing Emotion



Weeping and groaning:

John 11:33-38 - "When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it."

Jesus was not weeping for the reason the Jews thought, i.e. because He loved Lazarus. He did love him, but knew He was going to raise him from the dead shortly. He wept for the same reason He groaned in spirit, i.e. because of their unbelief.


Weeping

Luke 19:41-44 - "And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."

Again, He weeps over the city of Jerusalem because of their unbelief. Note on the other occasion when He addresses the city "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem..." (Matthew 23:37-39; Luke 13:34,35), there is no mention of His weeping.


Anger:

Matthew 21:12,13 - "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."

Mark 11:15-17 - "And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves."

John 2:15-17 (probably a different occasion) - "And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."


Was this anger, or zeal for the house of God, or both?


Anger and grief:

Mark 3:1-5 - "And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other."

This is anger and grief for their hardness of heart.


Sighing:

Mark 8:10-13 - "And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side."

The parallel passage in Matthew says, "there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas."


Rejoicing:

Luke 10:21 - "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight."

This is the only record we have of Jesus rejoicing. He was naturally "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief", so much so that "we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isaiah 53:3).

Although we are also told that "for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame" (Hebrews 12:2).



Having Compassion:

There are many occasions when we are told that Jesus had compassion:

Matthew 9:36-38 - "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."


Just before the feeding of the 5,000:

Matthew 14:14 - "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

Mark 6:34 - "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."


Just before the feeding of the 4,000:

Matthew 15:32 - "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way."

Mark 8:2,3 - "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far."


Blind Bartemaus and his companion:

Matthew 20:34 - "So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him."


A leper:

Mark 1:40,41 - "And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean."


The demoniac in the land of the Gadarenes:

Mark 5:18,19 - "And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."


The woman of Nain:

Luke 7:12,13 - "Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not."