“Jesus does not have a sense of humor,” proclaimed a young Christian after hearing me joke about something said.
“Really?” I replied, shocked at his words.
“Yes,” he said, “people are going to Hell all around us, starving in Africa, and sitting in prisons in North Korea. How could Jesus possibly have a smile on His face with all those troubles on His heart? Aren’t we supposed to be like Him?”
Sadly, I suffered brain freeze at that precise moment and could think of nothing to counter his arguments. Later on my drive home, I had an interesting experience.
As I drove my truck, I talked to the Lord. The first part of the conversation related to the young man’s statements. The Lord advised me to bless and pray for him, nothing else.
Then, I added, “Lord, You need to hurry up and get me married to *Trudy.”
Instantly, the truck’s cab filled with laughter. I could actually hear Jesus laughing and all of heaven laughing along with Him. The laughing was an all-out, grab your belly, roll on the floor laughter.
I began laughing. Tears rolled down my face and I was forced to pull the truck off the side of the road and sit there until the laughter passed.
Afterward, I wondered why the Lord and heaven laughed so much. Were my words funny? Or was He just happy for me?
One year later, I discovered the answers to my questions. I married Carol and not *Trudy. It seemed the joke was on me.
Now, I understand this is experiential, but does scripture back it up?
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13 NLT)
For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. (Proverbs 15:15 NLT)
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Proverbs 17:22 NLT)
How many of us like to be around people who are serious and long faced all the time? Most likely, none of us.
If that’s the case, then how can we possibly believe Jesus walked around with a long, serious, woe-is-me look on His face all day long? After all, the people were drawn to Him, especially the children. And let me tell you, children shun long-faced, serious-minded people like the plague.
This does not mean Jesus did not weep with those who were weeping, He did. Yet, His personality was not stuck in one gear all the time. He enjoyed life and God’s creation.
Who created laughter and a sense of humor – God or Satan? Here’s a one word answer: Isaac.
In the Hebrew, the name Isaac means laughing one or laughter. Just think, God placed such an emphasis on having a good sense of humor and laughing that He named one of the patriarchs laughter.
Okay, as you can see, I enjoy a good laugh and believe having a sense of humor is important, especially in today’s word.
This does not mean I don’t weep for the prisoners in North Korea. Or the 11 million abandoned children in India. Or abortions in America. Or for other tragic circumstances. I do weep and am burdened for them.
But I don’t live my whole life in mourning and weeping all the time because I also enjoy life and a good laugh.
And I believe Jesus does, too.