SERIES – Meet the Comedians: The Last Laugh
Genesis 18:1-15 GNV
- 1 The Lord appeared to Abraham at the sacred trees of Mamre. As Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent during the hottest part of the day,
- 2 he looked up and saw three men standing there. As soon as he saw them, he ran out to meet them. Bowing down with his face touching the ground,
- 3 he said, “Sirs, please do not pass by my home without stopping; I am here to serve you.
- 4 Let me bring some water for you to wash your feet; you can rest here beneath this tree.
- 5 I will also bring a bit of food; it will give you strength to continue your journey. You have honored me by coming to my home, so let me serve you.” They replied, “Thank you; we accept.”
- 6 Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick, take a sack of your best flour, and bake some bread.”
- 7 Then he ran to the herd and picked out a calf that was tender and fat, and gave it to a servant, who hurried to get it ready.
- 8 He took some cream, some milk, and the meat, and set the food before the men. There under the tree he served them himself, and they ate.
- 9 Then they asked him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” “She is there in the tent,” he answered.
- 10 One of them said, “Nine months from now I will come back, and your wife Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was behind him, at the door of the tent, listening.
- 11 Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah had stopped having her monthly periods.
- 12 So Sarah laughed to herself and said, “Now that I am old and worn out, can I still enjoy sex? And besides, my husband is old too.”
- 13 Then the Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Can I really have a child when I am so old?’
- 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? As I said, nine months from now I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”
- 15 Because Sarah was afraid, she denied it. “I didn’t laugh,” she said. “Yes, you did,” he replied. “You laughed.””
Psalm 2:1-4 NLT
- 1 Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
- 2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.
- 3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
- 4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.
Laughter is created through the irony of the SURPRISED OCCURRENCE.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 NLT – 1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
Proverbs 17:22 NLT – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Acts 16:25 NLT – Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
Psalm 126:1-2 NLT – 1 When the Lord brought back
his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! 2 We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
The Docetist taught that Jesus only appeared to be HUMAN.
2 John 7 MSG – There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose in the world who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ was truly human, a flesh-and-blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist!
The goal of Jesus’ humor was not to get people to laugh but to get people to CHANGE.
Jesus used humor to INFORM and TRANSFORM.
Laughing through the ABSURDITIES of life, helps you get through, the ABSURDITIES of life.
Great comedians are more than just JOKE TELLERS they are TRUTH TELLERS.
Things that effect how we see the world:
1. What we EXPERIENCE 2. What we LEARN