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The Laughable Gospel


The Bible is full of ridiculous stories. Laughable stories.

There, I said it.

A Red Sea parting, a giant fish swallowing a man, a talking donkey, and the list goes on and on.

It’s all a bit ridiculous.

And here’s the crazy thing, Jesus Himself says everything in those Scriptures is all about Him (John 5:39). All of these seemingly absurd stories are about Jesus and the Gospel he brings. The Apostle Paul even unashamedly calls the Gospel, “foolishness and folly” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

There are two instances in the Bible that quickly come to mind when I think about the grace and promises of God being laughable.

In Genesis 17–18, we read about how God promised to give Abraham and Sarah a child when they were nearly 100 years old. This child would be the beginning of the line that would bring about Jesus, who would take away the sins of the world.

So what did Abraham and Sarah do?

They laughed.

Abraham literally falls to the ground laughing.

This is good news. This is Gospel to them, and they are laughing at it. Laughing at the promise of God.

Did all that laughter stop God from keeping His promise? Did God get angry, pick up His promise and go home?

No—because God KNOWS it’s laughable.

Abraham and Sarah would have a son, and through that son, the Son of God would enter the world. And He too would say some pretty laughable things.

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