Text: Ephesians 1:1-10
For joy and good humor
For Christians in other lands
When you think of Jesus, what type of expression is usually on his face? Dour? Stern? Sad? Vaguely pious?
Would Jesus ever smile? Laugh?
There are some tantalizing pieces of evidence in the Gospels that Jesus had a wicked good sense of humor. Some of his encounters with the Pharisees and his conversations with the disciples can be read more sensibly and with deeper meaning if they are read assuming a tongue-in-cheek attitude.
More deeply, it is important to remember that at the heart of the Trinity is joy, sheer delight, pure happiness. The essence of the Trinity is the shared love that flows from the Father to the Son as the Spirit. Even in our own lives, love that flows from us to our beloved and is returned is a source of joy. How much more is it for God? Even better, God’s joy comes to us as a gift, a resurrection gift. Nothing in heaven or on earth—to use Paul’s words—is left apart from God’s touch, for the plans of God flow outward to all things.
We may be hard-pressed at the moment; we may be anxious. We may be out of our comfort zones because we are in a situation that our technology and our ingenuity cannot easily solve. But we are not without hope, for God has come to us, lived life with us, and has overcome all obstacles so that we may “be holy and blameless before him.” Whenever you are worried or at a loss, remember that the first possible sound that was heard when Mary comprehended the impossible news that Jesus was alive was…
Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks