Summary: What really ticks you off? Selfish reasons, bullied, pouting OR the injustice of innocent people or the poor. Do you turn a blind eye or take a stand?
WHAT TICKS YOU OFF?
3-17-13 New Liberty Christian Church, Veedersburg, IN with Rich McQuinn, Minister
TEXT: LUKE 19:45-48
INTRODUCTION: What are some of the things that tick you off in life? It is an honest question. Is it those who cut you off at the street corners, or those that pull into the parking space you have patiently waited on? Or a reduced grade in school or not getting a raise or the gossip trail at work about you or a finder bender you got into by rushing to your appointment. Do you get ticked at those who leave you by death? When you are trying to do good things and they turn out wrong. Or when your son or daughter marries the wrong person or for that matter when you enter into a relationship that doesn’t go right.
Psychologist can tell a lot about you by just watching your actions to see what really ticks you off. Watch those who stand in line more than three minutes at McDonalds, you will see what I mean.
When things do not go right like you have planned---impression without expression leads to depression. Earl C. Hargrove taught me that over 50 years ago in a psychology lesson.
Is it a sin to get ticked off? Study that for a moment. Do you get angry when your friends use Gods name in vain? Or when a government or nation deliberately goes against the teaching of the Bible? What about those who are hurting and taking advantage on, or as the case of this week ABC reports that 6000 boxes of Girl School Cookies were ordered and got the troops joyful that they were going to make their goals and feed the hungry, only to find out it was a foul, a prank and the order came in, but no one claimed it. It was false. Would that make you ticked? Good side of this is that the small towns came together and by Saturday night 3000 of those boxes were sold and tomorrow has not yet come.
Did Jesus ever get angry? Lets look at our test today
“…Jesus at the Temple
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words .all the people hung on his words.” all the people were very attentive to his speaking.”
This was the predominant characteristic of his followers: they were captivated by his teaching! That’s the meaning behind the word “hung” – it means “to be very attentive to; captivated by.” It is only used this one time in the New Testament, but it is used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament four times, three of those times in Nehemiah. Each time it is translated ‘attentive,’ and describes an intense sense of attention to someone’s words, voice, or person. This is how the common people responded to Jesus and his teaching –they were riveted on his message!
I. HE WAS FOUND IN THE TEMPLE– Luke 2:41-50,
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
This is when His ministry for mankind was first formulating. He was about HIS Fathers business in the temple as a 12 year-old boy, says, “Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” Even as a boy he was a captivating teacher!