Ephesians 6:1-24; Matthew 9:18-26
Never laugh at Jesus. You will be wrong every time. When Jesus arrived at the ruler’s house whose daughter had died and he told the mourners the girl was sleeping, not dead, they laughed at Jesus. Imagine how they felt when the girl walked out alive. The world laughs at Jesus and us for believing in Jesus. One day, however, they will know better. Philippians 2:10-11 says that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. In other words, Jesus will have the last laugh.
An English proverb says: “He who laughs last, laughs longest.” In that case, Jesus’ laugh shall last for all eternity. God tells how he feels about those who make fun of him and reject him in Psalm 37:13. He laughs at the wicked for he knows their day is coming. Consequently, we can laugh with God when people make fun of us. For we know God has redeemed us and will vindicate us.
However, the plight of the wicked is not a laughing matter. Jesus died and rose again that all might be saved. Our job is not to laugh, but to share the gospel so that the lost might be found.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to not strike back when made fun of by unbelievers, but rather in love and compassion, tell them of your gracious love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.