Swimming Upstream: “Does Jesus Have A Sense of Humor?”

swineA few years ago, another believer and I had an extended discussion over whether Jesus has a sense of humor or not.

“How can you possibly believe Jesus could laugh about anything with all the problems in the world? Like AIDS, Israel, terrorism,  abortion, poverty, starvation, war,” he proclaimed. “I just don’t think you know Jesus as you should.”

“Well, maybe I don’t know Him as I should,”  I said, conceding the point. “But if He’s not laughing at both of us right now, He’s missing a golden opportunity. We’re certainly silly.”

The conversation went down hill from this point onward.

So, what do you think? Does Jesus have a sense of humor? If so, give some examples.

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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4 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Does Jesus Have A Sense of Humor?”

  1. One of my favorite personal stories was the time I was driving my truck home from a date. Not really thinking, I said, “Lord, You need to get us married.”

    Laughter filled up the cab of my truck. It was as if all of heaven was laughing at what I said. The laughter was so contagious I joined in. Tears streamed down my face and I was forced to pull onto the side of the road and stop. I laughed and laughed.

    Then, it hit me: why’s heaven laughing? The only thing I could figure out was heaven was happy with my choice.

    One year later, I married Carol, an entirely different woman.

    Heaven knew something I did not know at the time I made the statement. And to heaven, the joke was on me. So, the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) was laughing at me.

  2. I used to say that if you don’t believe God has a sense of humor, to stand in front of the mirror in your underwear. That’s not that cute anymore.

  3. janebrock- that is TOO funny! : )

    I too had a prayer experience in a car… driving back to college from my home town. I can’t remember what the prayer was over other than a decision I felt incapable of making. It was a silly decision, I know that.

    I had made plans to help a friend move that day, and I prayed “God, I will come across a penny today. If it is heads up I can only assume your Will is for me to _____…. and tails ______.”

    With that my fervish prayer ended and I went to work. I felt relatively proud to be this crafty.

    You know how it’s almost a ritual, after fully emptying an apartment it is customary for everyone involved to stand and visit in an empty room?

    Well, as we did so, I had leaned against a wall. The conversation went on for a good 5 minutes and in my mind, I felt an urge to look down by my feet.

    I kid you not, TWO pennies. Each one in front of each foot, as if placed there purposely. One heads up, the other tails…

    I immediately began laughing and my companions had no idea why… I shared my story with them, and they laughed… AT me! He is funny, THAT I am sure!!!

  4. jane,

    I’m trying to visualize Sarah in front of mirror, pregnant at ninety years of age. Maybe the water was better back then.


    That’s the type of humor I can relate to with the Lord.

    One of these days, I may write a story (or book) entitled, “God Wouldn’t Do That, Would He?” My answer in a nutshell: YES! HE WOULD.

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