People quite regularly ask me if I think Jesus had a sense of humor. “Does the Pope make it difficult to make fun of the Pope anymore?” I’ve been answering lately.
Stupid new Pope, with his stupid awesome goodness.
Anyway, of course Jesus was funny. In the Bible he’s being extremely funny all the time—and always in the same divinely dry way. Below is one of his very funniest moments. It’s from Luke 24. It takes place three days after Jesus’ brutal public crucifixion. That morning some women (“Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them”) find Jesus’ tomb empty—except for two angels, who tell them, “He is not here; he has risen!”
The women run to tell Jesus’ apostles what has happened. But the apostles don’t believe them. Later that day two of the apostles are walking together toward Emmaus, a village about seven miles outside of Jerusalem. The story continues:
They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. But they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.