Q. A co-worker stated today that Jesus did “sin.” She said that Jesus lost his temper and started throwing things in the temple. She said showing anger is a sin. She also stated that God is a jealous God and has shown much wrath. Jealousy is also a sin. How do I respond?
A. it sounds like your co-worker is trying to find an excuse not to believe in God. The event she is talking about is when the Lord cleansed the Temple. All four gospels recorded it (Matt. 21:12-16, Mark 11:15-18,Luke 19:45-47, John 2:12-22). The Temple was His house of worship and the priests had turned it into a den of thieves where they could extort money from the people. They were breaking His laws in His holy place and He had a right to throw them out.
God gets jealous and can become angry. He is also just and righteous, so His actions are always justified. He gave us life and when our sins earned us the death penalty, He sent His Son to redeem us. He has a right to be jealous when we give others credit for things He has done for us, and He has a right to be angry when we disobey Him. But He made peace with us through the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:20).
If Jesus ever sinned then nobody is saved, He died in vain, and He could not have been resurrected. But Hebrews 4:15 tells us he was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet He was without sin.
Paul confirmed this when he wrote, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 cor. 5:21)