Monday, May 5, 2014

Laughing Jesus

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” --Jesus (Luke 6:21b NIV)

“Jesus Laughing” by artist Ralph Kozak
Trivia question: What's the shortest verse in the Bible?

Answer: “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35 NIV, KJV)

We read in the Bible about Jesus weeping. He was a man of sorrows, aquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3) He preached, he healed, he prayed, he suffered on the cross. All serious stuff.

We never read, “Jesus laughed.”

Do you think Jesus had a sense of humor?

Jesus was fully human, as well as being fully divine. And the human part of Jesus must have laughed. There are a series of examples in the Bible that indicate, at least to me, that Jesus did have a sense of humor, a sense of the ridiculous.

A camel going through the eye of a needle? (Luke 18:25) Can't you just imagine the smiles?

When the disciples told Nathanael that they'd found the One, Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael's response was, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I can see Jesus' smile as he responded, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” (John 1:45-47)

Even when facing his coming betrayal and death, Jesus wished his followers joy. “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

Today may you find your complete joy in the laughing Jesus.

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