By   •   January 12, 2010   •   Topics:


Did Jesus ever smile or laugh, or was He solemn all the time? I have a friend who's very solemn, and he says he doesn't believe in laughing or cracking jokes, because Jesus never laughed, and we ought to be like Jesus.


I feel sorry for your friend, because a balanced sense of humor can save us from taking ourselves too seriously, and help us see through the pride and pretense of our sinful world.

Did Jesus have a sense of humor? I’m sure He did. Think, for example, of His comment that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a prideful, selfish rich person to enter heaven (you can read it in Mark 10:25). Can you picture a camel trying to go through the eye of a needle — without laughing? I doubt it.

Remember, too, that the Bible tells us God laughs at our pride and arrogance: “But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you scoff at all those nations” (Psalm 59:8). The Bible also says the angels in heaven rejoice when someone repents and gives their life to Christ (see Luke 15:10). Heaven is a place of joy, not sorrow.

Don’t misunderstand me, however. Life is serious, and someone who laughs about everything fails to see the tragedy and brokenness of a world that has turned its back on God. Jesus undoubtedly smiled when little children were brought to Him — but He also wept over the sins of Jerusalem (see Mark 10:14; Luke 19:41). We live in a broken, sinful world, and all around us are lives that are broken, as well. Is your heart broken over those around you who don’t know Christ, and are you seeking to point them to Him?

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  1. karla says:

    Zephaniah 3:17New International Version (NIV)

    17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
    He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

    Rejoice … ! we have a happy God !

  2. Chad says:

    This is awesome! i really learned a lot from this! Live out loud for Jesus!

  3. Jimmy says:

    The eye of the needle was actually kinda large, an opening, not the eye of a needle like we use to sew….

  4. Phillip Larson says:

    Did Jesus ever laugh? He created laughter! Nothing sounds more sweet than a baby cooing,girgling and giggling. Imagine Mary,Jesus’ Mother playing with her precious Son.Imagine GOD Our Father watching & having Great Joy! As a Child ,Jesus played games,sang songs,attended wedding celebrations and Jewish festivals. Imagine.peace.

  5. Stacks5150 says:

    Nice article, God bless you.

  6. Mhanne says:

    I luv GOD and want to please hm in evrythn