It’s interesting that in Psalm 7:11, the wrath of God is couched in its relationship to God’s justice. A perfectly “just judge” of all of the world who is incapable of being angry about evil could not possibly be good. That God is angry, as we say, is “righteous indignation” — an appropriate reaction to the reality of injustice. It is injustice that angers God, and it is because He is just, righteous and holy, that He has wrath.
If Jesus in His incarnation ever had occasion to be righteously angry but wasn’t, it was when He was betrayed by one of his closest associates, Judas — with a kiss, no less (Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14:43-45). That truly added insult to injury. Yet, Jesus took it with the utmost equanimity, and in His High Priestly Prayer, He almost passively alluded to Judas as “the son of destruction,” as He petitioned the Father to keep His faithful disciples (John 17:10-12).
In His incarnation, Jesus’ anger was most clearly seen in His cleansing of the temple (Matthew 21:12-17, John 2:13-15). If anyone tries to distance the wrath of God the Father from God the Son, let’s remember the terrifying words in the Psalmist’s admonition to “kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled” (Psalm 2:12).
Even the money-changers, the chief priests and the scribes knew to get out of Jesus’ way, because they understood enough not to stand in the way of an apoplectic Christ. If we would evade that fury, we must embrace Him, giving Him not the kiss of Judas, but the kiss of love in which He delights.