For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his son. -Romans 8:29
He’s called Teacher, Rabbi, Master, Lord…but few call him a humorists. Yet a look at Scripture demonstrates just how quick, witty, and playful he was. Why else do you suppose little children flocked to him?
“It is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” he told his disciples (Mark 10:25). I think they couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of the image. But today we take Jesus so seriously that we miss his robust sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye.
His humor could bite too. “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel,” he challenged the Pharisees (Matthew 23:24). Jesus enjoyed hanging out with ordinary and disreputable people. He facetiously described his critics: “They’re like spoiled children complaining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk but you were always too busy” (Luke 7:32 MSG).
The Creation account tells us, “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God” (Genesis 5:1). And the apostle Paul encouraged us; “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). If we don’t have a twinkle in our eye and a humorous perspective on life, then we are not being as much like Christ as we might think.
Don’t miss out on one of the best parts of being his child. Laugh with him!
Lord Jesus, please put a twinkle in my eye and humor in my heart. Amen