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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.


A:

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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24 Comments

  1. John says:

    To say that Jesus never laughed. Come on. We laugh not only because of something funny. We laugh and smile out of joy as well. I think some people look at a smiling Jesus as sacrilegious.

  2. zoe says:

    lol Just that question itself made me laugh. Why did God/Jesus create laughing if it ain’t good for us.

  3. steve says:

    I believe God has a sense of humor…have you seen some of the creatures he has made? I also believe Jesus enjoyed the company of his disciples….talk about a ” band of brothers” i think each individual “sees” scripture through their eyes of tradition and conditioning. i would like to think God smiles when we are blessing others with our smile or laughter or approprate humor. So, go out there and bless someone with your gift of humor today.

  4. Tom Campbell says:

    There can be no punchline if you’re omniscient. And that laughter that Billy Graham cites is a laugh of derision, not mirth. Also, God’s ways are not our ways. He is different from us. He is the Creator and we are the created. Even so, I think He wants us to have a sense of humor and have an appreciation for funny things. I see that as an extension of His love for us.