Did Jesus Have a Sense of Humor?
By Drake Mariani, Founder, MemLok Bible Memory System
Is It Right to Believe that Jesus Didn’t Use to Smile or Laugh So Neither Should We?
We're all God's children. And no matter where you are in this world, you want to laugh and enjoy life. Even crack jokes to make it beautiful.
Some of us have more than our fair share of humor regardless of the situation. Others have no sense of humor.
But it was God who gave us this ability to find humor in the simplest of things in everyday life.
Have you ever asked yourself?
Was Jesus funny?
I'm going to suggest the answer is yes.
However, it might have been the humor of His day and something with which we would struggle to find the joke.
But think about Jesus's life.
He traveled from place to place. Crowds of people gathered to hear His message. He understood the need…
to "hook" the crowds to keep their attention.
There must have been a few funny one-liners in his sermons. Maybe He wrapped up His famous parables with some humor.
He had to use humor to keep the crowds of people engaged. He used humor and stories to help people remember His message.
Let me give you an example...
In the beginning of the Gospel of John, is the story of Nathaniel, who has been told by His friends that the Messiah is from Nazareth.
Nathaniel responds, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
This is a joke about how insignificant the city was. Nazareth was kind of in the sticks and not many people lived there.
Jesus's sense of humor comes through when he responded...
“Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”
It's the modern day equivalent of someone poking fun of where you grew up and you respond with, "You got that right!"
So there you have it. God made us funny. Jesus would have been funny at times.
Now it's our turn to laugh at ourselves.
How Many Christians Does it Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?
Here's a few possible answers:
Charismatics: Only one. Hands already in the air.
Pentecostals: Ten. One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the darkness.
Presbyterians: None. Lights will go on and off at predestined times.
Roman Catholic: None. Candles only.
Baptists: At least 15. One to change the light bulb, and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad.
Episcopalians: Three. One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.
Mormons: Five. One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how to do it.
Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, three-way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.
Methodists: Undetermined. Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Church wide lighting service is planned for Sunday. Bring bulb of your choice and a covered dish.
Nazarene: Six. One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.
Lutherans: None. Lutherans don't believe in change.
Amish: What's a light bulb?
Why Not Enjoy Life With a Dash of Humor Because Jesus Did So?
The troubles of life are enough to drain all our energy. However, it’s not a bad idea to give yourself the gift of humor.
That said MemLok is here to help God’s Word take strong root in your heart and mind so you can find what is humorous in day to day life.
After all, God wants us to live a life that is full and humor DOES make our lives complete.
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