Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Years ago, I was co-teaching a book study.  I think the book was The Jesus I Never Knew. One of the students in the class was very disturbed by the idea that Jesus was fully human in addition to being fully divine.  The same student was certain that Jesus would never be angry - that anger was a sin.

Last night I attended a seminar led by Peter Wallace concerning his book The Passionate Jesus.  His thesis is that God has emotions - all of the emotions that stem from love.  That makes sense if you think about it.  We believe that God feels love; why wouldn't God feel other emotions?  And isn't there evidence for that in the scripture?

Jesus, who was God, and who was God's son, was fully human (and fully divine).  As a fully human person, as a perfect human, he felt emotions.  In his emotions, he teaches us how to live as emotional humans - how to respond appropriately to our emotions.

We are created in the image of God, and our emotions are part of that image.  Isn't that a lovely thought?

Note about image:  One last image from the beach - my buddy, Ray.

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