From: T.M. Schoewe
Last week we mentioned our Lord in connection with a sense of humor. It may have disturbed you; you may think Christ was too serious to have a sense of humor. His journey to the Cross and painful suffering and death were anything but humorous.
What is a sense of humor? Good humor exists when we laugh “in spite of everything,” especially when we can laugh at ourselves! Humor is “an art of living” keeping everything in its proper place.
In the gospels we see humor in His character. Watching Him, listening to His words, we can arrive at a description of humor perfectly expressed by the One Who is sinless. To come into this world when He is God and be willing to spend His life as a carpenter, be called a “drinker of wine,” even a blasphemer, calls for a sense of humor. So Jesus set about communicating His love for us with humor.
The parables are permeated with humor, and Jesus’ exaggerations, you will find, fit the bill. “You strain out the gnat, yet swallow a camel! You see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not see the two-by-four in your own!”
Jesus injected His sense of humor even with His disciples. In Gethsemane in a sweating agony, His disciples were to be praying and watching out for Him, but He finds them sound asleep, and says “From now on you can sleep and take your rest for My hour has come.” He expresses a resigned humor about the situation; it is just a word of sadness or just forgiveness which He communicates.
To the Samaritan woman at the well He said “Go get your husband!” Knowing she had five husbands and the one she was living with wasn’t one of them. To Martha He said there was something more important than making a sandwich for Him. Even on the cross there is a sense of humor born of forgiveness. A thief, who stole his way on earth, steals into heaven by recognizing Jesus as the Lord.
After the resurrection Jesus displays a sense of humor in the way He revealed Himself first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven devils. In the 20th chapter of John, note how the Lord reveals Himself to Thomas, causing him to laugh in bewilderment “My Lord and my God.”
Did Jesus have a sense of humor? Yes! Jesus had a good sense of humor and He used it to tell us or show us that He loves us. As we grow old we all need to cultivate a sense of humor, for where we are headed there will not only be a hallelujah chorus but there will be laughter from your mansion over your first mission assigned to you in eternity.
How about a prayer for the church and pastors that they would present the humor of Christ several times a year, helping fill many empty pews and create congregations which find in Christ’s humor a great love for them that would permeate their lives with a bit humor as well. Our technical age has produced many lonely young people. Our suicide rate is very high. They need a sense of humor. Maybe you can help someone.