Did Jesus ever get angry?
Here's the answer:
Yes, Jesus got angry when He was on earth. But He doesn’t get angry in the way we get angry.
Anger is an emotion we all feel from time to time. It’s normal and often even okay to feel angry, but as humans, we sometimes get angry about the wrong things or we act the wrong way when we’re angry. Jesus never sinned, so when He got angry it was for the right reason. Jesus got angry when people were showing disrespect to God.
One time, Jesus was going into the temple, the place where Jewish people worshipped God. It was a holy place, which meant it was set apart for worship. But that day when Jesus got to the temple, He saw that some people had set up booths and tables to sell things. They were making money selling things people would need in the temple, and they were being very greedy. Jesus was angry that they were doing this, and so He chased the greedy people away and turned over their tables. He said, "It is written that the Lord said, 'My house will be called a house where people can pray.' But you are making it 'a den for robbers'" (Matthew 21:13). Jesus was not unkind or hateful when He was angry, but He didn’t let the people continue to sell their things there.
Another time Jesus was angry was when the teachers of the law, called the Pharisees, were being stubborn (see Mark 3:5). The Pharisees didn’t like Jesus, and they didn’t believe He is God. They also thought very highly of themselves and followed the law to look good to other people, instead of out of love for God. Jesus got angry that they refused to believe when the truth about who He is was right in front of them. He loved them and wanted them to believe.
We can see that Jesus did get angry when He was on earth, but He was always angry for the right reason, and He was never unkind when He was angry. We can follow Jesus’ example!
"We have a high priest [Jesus] who can feel it when we are weak and hurting. We have a high priest who has been tempted in every way, just as we are. But he did not sin" (Hebrews 4:15).
"Scripture says, ‘When you are angry, do not sin.’ Do not let the sun go down while you are angry." (Ephesians 4:26).
"My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants" (James 1:19–20).