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This is the first in a three part series that I just finished.  It occurred to me one day that we could learn a lot from the emotions that Jesus showed during his earthly ministry.  After all, Jesus was 100% human and 100% divine, so his emotions show a good mix of human reaction and divine will.  Since Jesus only did God’s will, the things that made him mad were the same things that make God mad.  I’m careful to not assign human emotions to God yet I think it’s significant when we see Jesus clearly showing emotion.

In this first sermon I show that Jesus got particularly mad at sin and our refusal to take it seriously.  No, this is not a hellfire and brimstone sermon, but it shows that God clearly detests our sin and hypocrisy.  Enjoy.

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This is the second in my series on what makes God sad, mad and glad.  No, this is not some squishy, liberal sermon about God crying when we kill baby seals, rather, it looks at the things that made Jesus sad during his incarnation and extrapolates to say that the things that made Jesus sad are the same things that would make God sad.  I’m careful to point out that we should not assign human emotions to the Almighty God; however, we can see the emotions of Jesus and know the heart of God.

In a nutshell, it is sin that makes God sad.  Jesus wept to see the suffering of the fallen world acted out at the graveside of Lazarus.  He mourned over Jerusalem which would soon suffer for rejecting God.  He was amazed when he could not do miracles due to the lack of faith in those he encountered in his hometown.

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This is the third sermon in my series on what makes God mad/sad/glad. This one is on what makes God glad and I argue that while there is no scripture that says “Jesus laughed” or even that he was glad, his reactions to outrageous faith show that it was this kind of faith that makes him glad.

Again, I’m not trying to anthropomorphize God, instead, I look at the emotions of Jesus and extrapolate that since Jesus was fully human and fully divine that the things that made Jesus mad/sad/glad are the same things that would make God mad/sad/glad.

 

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