On at least five different occasions I’ve been told by at least five major Christian leaders that it’s actually blasphemous to suggest that God has a sense of humor. Seriously. All five of these guys used the word blasphemous.
They’re ridiculously wrong, of course. The Bible shows Jesus being extremely funny all the time—and always in the same divinely dry way.
Below is one of Jesus’ funniest jokes. It’s from Luke 24. It takes place three days after Jesus’ extremely public, horribly brutal, and history-changing crucifixion. That morning a handful of women had found Jesus’ tomb empty—except for two angels.
“He is not here,” the angels had told the women. “He has risen!” The women ran to tell Jesus’ apostles. But the apostles didn’t believe them.
Later that day, two of the apostles are walking together. 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.
I mean … c’mon.
Dry much, Jesus?