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Ron Writes

Jesus had emotions

Jesus experienced the full spectrum of human emotions, yet without sin. Jesus was 100% human, so he had all the human emotions. His emotions were not restrained, restricted or bottled up. He gave full expression to every emotion with complete perfection and holiness. Unlike us, he was always able to give appropriate expression to all of his emotions. Like all emotions, Jesus’ emotions are complex and at the same time very amazing!

“Jesus wept” (Jn. 11:35) is the shortest verse in the Bible. It may be short, but it’s long on meaning. Whether it was pure sympathy for the family and friends of Lazarus or for the sorrow of having to bring Lazerus back, he wept. Hebrews speaks of his “loud crying and tears” (Heb. 5:7). Isaiah said he would be “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3). In the Garden of Gethsemane he was “very distressed and troubled” (Mk. 14:33). These words from Mark can also be translated “horror and terror.” Jesus said he was “deeply grieved, to the point of death” (Mt. 26:38). Jesus experienced all the shades of pain.

Jesus also experienced joy (Jn. 15:11). Hebrews says “for the joy set before Him endured the cross” (12:2). He “rejoiced greatly” at the news of his disciples having success over Satan (Lk. 10:21). Although it never says specifically that He laughed, it’s hard to imagine that He didn’t. When He spoke of “straining the gnat and swallowing the camel” or of “blind guides” or a guy with a plank in his eye trying to remove a speck from his brother’s eye, I imagine there was a smile on His face. Does it sound sacrilegious to think of Jesus having fun (Mt. 11:16-18)?

Jesus dealt with the entire scope of emotions. Compassion sometimes has a big smile, but often it’s filled with frustration, grief and agony. It hurts to care for the spiritual porcupines among us. Reading between the lines there must have been many times of frustration and exasperation; amazement and disappointment. Emotions can be complicated with a lot of moving parts, so there’s something familiar in seeing Him glad and sad on the same occasion (Jn. 11:15, 35). Like everything in His life, He handled it perfectly.

Don’t overlook the emotions of Jesus. He felt deeply.