With God, the joy of Easter can be ours every day
The office of one of my former newspaper bosses contained a piece of art that was memorable for its uniqueness. It was a drawing of Jesus laughing.
There have been countless representations of Christ in various forms, such as sketches, paintings, murals and sculptures, but one of him laughing was a rare portrait indeed. He is usually depicted as very serious or with a look of compassion. You might occasionally see Jesus smile warmly, but you won't often see Him laughing.
My first impulse was to ask, "Why is Jesus laughing?" The next question did not occur until years later. It was, "Why shouldn't Jesus be laughing?"
Writers much better than me have pointed out that Christ was both fully human as well as fully divine. His human nature would have been subject to the same range emotions as ours, from crying over something sad to laughing over something funny.
There are times when laughter is not expected or even desired. However, even in our grief we can smile at pleasant memories.
To those who knew Christ best, He was more than a miracle worker or prophet. He was also their friend. Friends help us bear our pain, but they also help us to share our joy. Laughter is a natural byproduct of this warming presence of pleasure. Why wouldn't He share laughter with His friends?
This weekend epitomizes how God is with us at all times. We weep with Him in sorrow of His Crucifixion Good Friday afternoon.
We rejoice with Him in the dawning light of his Resurrection on Easter morning. Jesus redeemed us from sin, and made death a mere transition to be with Him and all those we love throughout eternity.
Filled with the joy of love, why shouldn't Jesus laugh? And, filled with the joy of God's love, why shouldn't we laugh along with him?
With God, the joy of Easter can be ours every day.