Several years ago our family (while I was a teenager) received a forwarded email. It was all the rage back then. You receive something that you like and you forward it on to your whole address book 🙂 It contained the drawn images of a Jesus laughing. Through the years those pictures have stayed with me. On and off I’ll look up Jesus Laughing on Google. Today when I did, I’m reminded that Jesus felt joy as much as sorrow. He laughed and He cried. He rejoiced and He mourned. I wanted to credit the person who drew these pictures and so this is the best link I’ve found to him, Laughing Jesus .
Jesus is more often portrayed as a solemn man. A God who was weighed down by the sorrows of the world. A man who had a mission to accomplish. He had no time to take in the sights.
While a lot of that is true, Jesus was fully man and fully God. He had a mission to accomplish. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with suffering Isaiah 53:3. He carried the sins of the world on His shoulders John 1:29 . But……………… Jesus had time to take in the sights. He went to a wedding in Cana and rejoiced with them. Remember He turned the water into wine? Wine that tasted much better than what was offered at first. He sat down and spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well for a long time. He asked that the little children not be hindered when their parents brought them to Him to bless. Little children generally aren’t quiet ( that’s probably why the disciples thought they were a nuisance). Little children have an innate sense and they generally don’t go to serious, solemn people or people who are serious all the time.
Scripture shows us that there’s rejoicing as well. In Heaven as on earth. The Bible starts with the story of creation and rightly so. Everything that God created, He saw and declared that it was good. He rejoiced in His creation. God repeatedly commands us to rejoice. To rejoice in celebrating festivals and holy days. To rejoice in Him at all times. To rejoice when those around us come to salvation. To rejoice and to be joyful in suffering. We are created in His image Genesis 1:27. We have the mind of Christ 1 Corinthians 2:16. We have the in dwelling Spirit in us 1 Corin 3:16, 1 Corin 6:19, 2 Corin 6:16, Eze 36:27, Isa 63:11, 2 Tim 1:14, Acts 6:5, Eph 5:18, Rom 8:11, John 16:13, Gal 5:18, Gal 5:22, Rom 8:9, Rom 8:15, Gal 4:6, 1 John 2: 27. If He wasn’t joyous, we couldn’t be. If He did not feel like laughing, we wouldn’t be able to. If He did not experience something, He would not command us to do that very thing.
Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.’
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
Also at your times of rejoicing – your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts – you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.’
Now King David was told, ‘The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.’ So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.
Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the Lord in the hands of the Levitical priests, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the Lord as written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered.
The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests praised the Lord every day with resounding instruments dedicated to the Lord.
It [the sun] is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees – from palms, willows and other leafy trees – and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
And there rejoice before the Lord your God – you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no land allotted to them or any inheritance of their own.
Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.
Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.
All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword.
Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’
Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendour of our God.
You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; my servants will drink, but you will go thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame.
But be glad and rejoice for ever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord – the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.
Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things!
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.
Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoicewith all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.’
‘Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoicewhen they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?’
[ The coming of Zion’s king ] Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The Ephraimites will become like warriors, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoicebecause of his birth,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
‘Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’
and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.”
And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.”
Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’
Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Again, it says, ‘Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.’
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
[ Final greetings ] Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
[ No confidence in the flesh ] Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
[ Final exhortations ] Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!
[ Thanks for their gifts ] I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
[ Paul’s labour for the church ] Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.’
‘Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you.’
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
So I say, rejoice and again I say rejoice!!!