Was Jesus a Jokester?

That Jesus used humor may come as a surprise to some. For several reasons we do not readily recognize His humor. In the first place, when we read the words of Christ, our solemn mood looks for values different from humor. Second, if what one generation laughs at is not regarded as funny by the next, appreciation of the incongruity of situations which existed 1900 years ago may not be easily grasped. Psychological reorientation to the first century scene may be required before we can enter into some of Jesus’ humor. Finally, some never find humor in Jesus’ teaching because they claim, “Jesus never laughed. In fact, there is no record that He even smiled. He was a Man of Sorrows.”

source: Leslie Flynn, Serve Him With Mirth tags: Humor, Jesus