It hit me this week that I almost never picture Jesus smiling or laughing.
I read every quote from Him with the utmost seriousness. Each word is carefully chosen. Each parable a stern lesson.
I picture him constantly teaching his disciples - desperately trying to get His message across to an audience who just doesn't get it.
I picture Him sad and tortured during His final week on Earth.
And of course, the most common image I see of Him is on the Crucifix. No smiles there.
So I did some research, and found out that this is a common discussion point.
Turns out that many scholars believe that the words we read with such solemness were actually humorous at the time.
From Jesus' outlandish analogies (a camel through a needle, a beam in an eye), His wit (the Pharisees are the blind leading the blind), and His comedic images (wolf in sheep's clothing), there is evidence that He did use humor more than I envision.
So why is it often overlooked?
Some say it is because those around Him did not understand. Some say it is because it is not natural to think of God laughing. And some say it is just because of the seriousness of the underlying message.
But now that I have a new perspective, I find it comforting.
I usually picture Jesus one of two ways: looking down on us with a loving look or looking down on us with a sad, disappointed look.
But maybe ... just maybe ... He is also laughing with us too.