For the most part the picture of Jesus we draw from the four Gospels is one of the fervent teacher who lives in simple, almost impoverished, circumstances and demonstrates a marked meekness. The Sermon on the Mount, the Golden Rule, his advice to the rich young ruler, and his warning to Peter against violence in the Garden of Gethsemane- all these reflect the meek and mild Savior of the children's stories.
Interspersed in the Gospels we see other accounts where Jesus vociferously denounced the religious leaders of his day or drove the vendors from the temple. These rarer glimpses offer the possibility of a more aggressive Jesus, one more attuned to the normal human reaction to mistreatment and perceived human evil. In the epistles, the church finds ample material from which to draw a much more naturally appealing picture of Jesus, as the coming judge and destroyer.
All through the history of the church, people have been trying to decipher the importance and meaning of these two seemingly contradictory views of the Savior. How does the promotion of meekness and humility in the beginning operate in a consistent overall divine plan of redemption which supposedly ends up in violence and destruction.
Everyone has to decide who the real Jesus is, the one after which they will attempt to model their own lives. A great many choose the warrior version since that fits so naturally into our standard mode of operation anyway. For them the submissive, humble servant Jesus was a temporary accommodation to the divine need to see a sacrificial death. Once that death had been allowed, it was then time to reveal the real Jesus, the one who exemplifies the dangerous side of God.