A Sense of Humor

Some of the more religious brothers and sisters out there will probably raise an eyebrow at the following statement: Jesus was a funny guy.

Not funny like a clown, but like any teacher who uses humor to connect with their students.

I was so used to my (school) teachers being bland and monotone that any sign of humor was either off-putting or attention-grabbing. Either way, I’ve never forgotten them or the things they taught me.

The same is true of Jesus and some of the lessons he delivered to his followers (and critics). Sometimes his humor drew people closer to him, and other times it served as an excuse to hate him more. But we all know who got the last laugh, so it’s all good.

Anyway, here are two examples of Jesus using humor to make his point.

1. Matthew 23:24 — You guide the people, but you are blind! Think about a man picking a little fly out of his drink and then swallowing a camel! You are like that.

This is a good one. Jesus is talking to a guy who loves to tell everyone else what to do and how to do it but always misses the most obvious things in his own life. Do you know anyone like that? Ha!

2. Matthew 18:21-22 — Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when someone won’t stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive them? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive them more than seven times. You must continue to forgive them even if they do wrong to you seventy-seven times.

Haha, in this example, I think Jesus is a little astonished by Peters rational, but quickly exaggerates in his answer to show Peter just how ridiculous he was being.

Jesus basically said, “…how about you multiply your arbitrary number by 11 and see if that works for you.”

Not everyone will find the humor in those two verses or any other verse in the Bible. Still, if you’re like me, you enjoy the nuances of Jesus’ personality and appreciate the funny side of Christ.

-Ray

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