Jesus’ Joy and Laughter

Jesus came to earth and lived a human life. The Bible is clear that he was fully God and fully man. Jesus was flesh, conceived and born of his mother, Mary. He grew and developed from an infant and became a man. He bled and died. In every way that you and I are human, he walked the earth and experienced it just as we do. He wept when he learned that his friend, Lazarus died. So it’s safe to say he experienced the full range of human emotions—including laughter.

I believe Jesus had a sense of humor.

Although traditional paintings of him depict a sober, prayerful man, I cannot imagine people were drawn to him unless he demonstrated light-heartedness and fun. Children wanted to be around him. Thousand followed Him just to hear what he might say.

We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”  (Psalm 126:2 NLT).

Like you and me, He was created in the image of God. He certainly demonstrated the character and nature of God. His teachings demonstrated some exaggerations that were funny for his day—a camel going through the eye of a needle, a blind man leading a blind man, or hiding a light under the bed instead of using it to light your home. Perhaps he was being sarcastic, like we are sometimes in order to demonstrate a point.

If you never thought about Jesus having a sense of humor, give it a try. As you see him as a person of joy and laughter, I hope it gives you a different perspective in your relationship with Him.

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”

Bob Hope


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