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The Gospel as Comedy
Laughter and tears have a lot in common. How often have you been laughing and laughed so hard you began to cry? Or, have you had the opposite happen to you? You are crying and suddenly something is said or done that makes your crying turn into laughter. I wonder about why these two very opposite reactions can sometimes occur at the same time.
There is nothing funny about tragedy. Tragedy is horrible and painful. It is car accidents, drownings and hopeless diseases. Tragedies are often so awful that that are unspeakable.
Only God can turn a tragedy into something good. The cross of Christ becomes salvation for hopeless sinners because of the resurrection. The unexpected has happened and it makes us laugh! The kingdom has broken into our world and now the last are first and poor are rich. The blind are the ones who can see and the empty are filled. We were all caught looking in the wrong direction but now that we’ve taken a turn on “unexpected road” we are all filled with laughter.
Come, Lord Jesus! Bring your kingdom in fullness. Fill your people with the laughter of Sarah and Abraham. Give up the grace to expect the impossible.