Jesus had a sense of humor

(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday)

Jon and I discussed that today is April Fool’s Day. How does that relate to following Jesus?

Simply this – Jesus had a sense of humor! He was as much a human as the rest of us. (See Colossians 2:9.) In a mystery that I do not understand, Jesus was also fully God. But today, let’s focus on his human side.

The image of a camel going through the eye of a needle is pretty funny.

When Jesus asked the religious leader, “Why do you call me good?” And then said, “Only God is truly good.” He must have been thinking, “Ha! I gotcha.”

He told the story of a woman who pestered a judge. In the New Living Translation, he quoted the judge: “…this woman is driving me crazy.” I can just see Jesus chuckling as he said that.

After he healed the ten lepers, one came back. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?” Well, he knew where they were. I think there may have been a touch of sarcasm in the mix.

Jesus loved to challenge the norms of his day. As he was discussing the Sabbath (day of rest) with the legalistic Pharisees, he said, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?” Don’t you know he had a bit of fun while he was challenging them? He must have loved to see them squirm.

Then there was a squabble about paying taxes. Jesus sent them fishing. They pulled up a fish with a coin in its mouth, to pay the taxes. Wasn’t that creative?!

A very cool thing is that since Jesus was a human, he can relate to our struggles. That’s amazing.


8 thoughts on “Jesus had a sense of humor

  1. Pingback: April Fool's | Shiny Bits of Life

  2. Bill Rice

    Jon & Paul & Others Helping,

    I’m so glad you chose this project to focus on in 2011. I look forward to it in my email inbox every morning. It has truly become one of the highlights of my day!

    Good focus in a crazy, busy world.


  3. Rich Dixon

    One of my great comforts in knowing Jesus was completely, truly, fully human. I LOVE to imagine Him laughing with His friends around a meal.

    My wife sometimes thinks I’m a bit irreverent, but that’s okay. Personal relationships aren’t stiff and formal.

    Thanks, Paul, for the reminder that eternity will include its share of laughter.


  4. paulmerrill

    Thanks, Bill & Rich!

    It will be fun to sit around the campfire in heaven, so to speak, and have a great time just hanging out with Jesus. Not sure how that will work, since he has millions of followers, but I know he’ll have a way to be intimate with us. Somehow.


  5. Richie

    A number of years ago there was a movie based on the book of Matthew called The Visual Bible. I found the portrayal of Jesus in that movie very refreshing as it showed the side of Jesus you are talking about.

    An Arkies Musings


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