Depending on the situation, it can be good or bad for a person to be emotional.
It’s obviously good and normal to cry when you meet your newborn child for the first time, or farewell a loved one for the last time.
But, we’d find it unsettling if a police officer, or a judge, or a surgeon was to cry or laugh out loud in the course of their solemn duties.
Interestingly, the Bible shows us several times when Jesus is emotional.
One time he was clearly upset at how he was rejected by his own, Israelite people, whom he came to save.
He was angry at those religious rulers in Jerusalem, and he expressed a heart-felt sadness about them:
Matt. 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”
Another time he was famously upset was when he uttered the words that make up the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35).
Jesus saw how Mary was upset at the death of their mutual friend, Lazarus, and Jesus himself was caught up in tears.
Because Jesus continues to live in human form as he rules with his heavenly father, we can be confident that Jesus continues to have emotions like this as he engages with those he loves and leads.
This doesn’t mean that Jesus’ judgement is somehow impaired by his emotions: he doesn’t stop being fair and wise.
Instead, it is a comforting reminder that Jesus’ love for his children is genuine and caring.
And it gives us a fresh reason that it’s so good to follow Jesus as our loving ruler and rescuer.
This weekend we continue our series ‘Jesus is___’ as we have Moore College student, Jack Wong preach on the topic ‘Jesus is… exclusive’ from John chapter 14 verses 1 to 14.
As part of the ‘Jesus Is__’, campaign we’re hosting Moore College students to help us connect with the community of Jamberoo and beyond. During our services, we will have an opportunity to meet them and to hear how Jesus has impacted their lives.
During our 5pm Saturday service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards. Our youth group ‘Alive’ runs straight after dinner on Saturday night. Or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.
See you at 5pm this Saturday or 8am this Sunday, God willing!