(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.