19th March 2018

Great Comedians

“The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.”
Psalm 30:5 (MSG)

You may have heard the recent news of a comedy icon who has died. Ken Dodd passed this life at age 90, living in the same house in Knotty Ash near Liverpool where he had lived all of his life. Ken was a man with a 60-year career and an operatically trained voice. He was clean in his humour, and in his prime gave up to 300 annual performances. He is known to have delivered up to seven gags a minute to hundreds of people for up to five hours, and famous for his claim that in an early evening event nobody went home in the dark! We pay tribute to one of the last of the historic great comedians.

Where do our abilities and talents come from? The dark side? I think not. Matthew 7:11 (NIV) tells us, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” and 1 Corinthians 12:4 (NIV) says “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” It’s said that there is no record of Jesus Christ laughing or joking and that is true – but it’s an argument from silence. However, the humanity of Jesus is clearly seen in the New Testament–Jesus was a delight to be around and Luke 2:52 says he increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

To see the humour in the Bible, we have only to remember such Old Testament events as Baalam’s ass, Jonah’s big fish and his shading gourd, as well as humorous references in Proverbs to pigs and people! So does God have a sense of humour? Oh yes – just look at the created natural world and think of the penguin, the dolphin and the otter, for starters. God is the author of joy, humour and laughter. “Again, God’s Message: ‘I’ll turn things around for Jacob…Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows; laughter will spill through the doors. Things will get better and better. Depression days are over. They’ll thrive, they’ll flourish’” (Jeremiah 30:18-20).

Christians need humour—read Isaiah 51:1-3, “Listen to me, all you who are serious about right living and committed to seeking God…I, God, will comfort Zion, comfort all her mounds of ruins. I’ll transform her dead ground into Eden, her moonscape into the garden of God, A place filled with exuberance and laughter, thankful voices and melodic songs.” In the future, “When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation” (1 Peter 1:7-9). Humour helps the toxic medicine of this world go down, so we salute the life of Ken Dodd and appreciate the origin of such great talent.

Father, we thank you so much for the joy of laughter in the world in which we find ourselves. Thank you for giving us some of the abilities to cope with the life you have given us.

Study by Tony Goudie


About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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One Response to “19th March 2018”

  1. Alisondonaldson on March 22nd, 2018 7:56 am

    Really enjoyed the article Great Comedians, Tony. We do need humour and , as you say, God provides it in the weird animals and from the minds of real comedians who don’t use sarcasm and unkindness to get a laugh. My cat does some very funny things and when I’m feeling sad she makes me laugh. I like the idea of laughter bubbling out of the windows. Thanks. I don’t know what the translation is but it does really bring the scripture to life. A good antedote to negative thoughts and to finding a radiator had leaked and water was running along the floorboards and dripping through a light socket, soaking parts of two carpets! Fortunately God provided a good neighbour and a plumber who is coming very soon! Alleluia?! as the old style Christians say. Perhaps we should say it more often!

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