Do you think Jesus, or God for that matter, has a sense of humor?
You learn a lot about an artist by the work he or she leaves behind – consider the whimsy of Chagall shimmering through his paintings, the radiant genius of Van Gogh. The personality of the artist leaks through their work. The same can be said of God. He reveals himself through His creation, Nature.
Watch two chipmunks chase one another at breakneck speeds, and jumping and tumbling like little miniature Hollywood stuntmen. Ever seen polar-bear cubs hurl themselves down snowy hillsides headfirst and upside down, just for fun? Or dolphins romping in the bow-wake of a boat, cavorting, leaping into the air and spinning!
Who made puppies so cute and impish, loving to snatch your slipper and race around the house with you in tow? Who created these playful creatures, with their humorous antics and actions?
All God’s wonderful creatures, his works of art, provide an insight into the personality of Jesus. Think of the times you have seen something in nature that made you laugh. Perhaps you did not make the connection – that you were meant to laugh. And it was God who making you laugh, and laughing along with you. Now you know something very important about Jesus.
He created laughter! Laughter is from God. This one quality alone might save us from the religious veil that forever tries to come in and cloud our perception of Jesus.
How could the joy of the Lord be our strength if the Lord is seldom joyful?
So, as to the question: Does Jesus have a sense of humor? Definitely!
Can Jesus even enjoy a joke at his own expense? Of course!
Think of the crowd he dined with. These rabble-rousers quickly earned Jesus a reputation as a drunkard and a glutton, and it wasn’t because they served water and crackers. This was a wild group, and surely such a crowd got rolling in laughter from time to time, if only from the joy they were experiencing being with Jesus.
P.S. – Now ask yourself, “Is this the Jesus of my church, and my group of friends?”