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April 15, 2018 Sermon

“Holy Humor Sunday”
1 Corinthians 15:12 – 22

Ted Jansen April 15, 2018 Waynedale UMC

 

1.)        We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ today. Each Sunday that we gather is a reminder that He is alive.

When we worship and affirm that He is alive this gives us joy. We smile and we laugh as we live out our faith. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proclaims to the world that the last word in life is not death. God laugh’s at death! God does not allow His own Son to be buried forever. God Almighty raised Jesus from the dead with joy and laughter in His Spirit.   

            Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth these words from 1 Corinthians 15:14. “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” 

            If we hold on to something that is not true and we are to be pitied. Yet, we know and believe that Christ has been raised and our preaching, teaching, proclaiming, singing, sharing are valuable and needed. Our faith is vital because of the fact that Christ rose from the dead.    

 

2.)        We celebrate this truth by laughing at death, by not holding on to despair, by not allowing discouragement to take root in our soul. We come to “Holy Humor Sunday” as a way of affirming God’s laugh. The tradition of Holy Humor Sunday is rooted in early Greek Christians who wanted celebrate God’s laugh by laughing and experiencing joy. 

            I pray that we might sense joy as we laugh. May we realize that whatever stress, struggles, and challenges we have can be lightened as we celebrate the Risen Savior!          

 

3.)        An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. The boy asked his father, "What is this, Father?" The father responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is." 

While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of lights with numbers above the walls light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction. The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24 year old woman stepped out. 
       The father said to his son, "Go get your Mother."

 

4.)        Humor helps our heart, our circulation, our attitude. I was reading some information on humor and health and discovered an article entitled, “The Connection between Laughter, Humor and Good Health,” from University of Kentucky. Here are some quotes to consider. 

“Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.” (Catherine Rippenger Fenwick)  

            “Laughter can be infectious. It can make others smile and feel happier. We are more likely to remember and want to be around the people who cheer us up and make us laugh. 

Humor and laughter are a powerful emotional medicine that can lower stress, dissolve anger, and unite people in troubled times.   “Laughter is the equivalent to “internal jogging.” (William Fry, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University.

 

5.)        Cowboy Joe was telling his fellow cowboys back on the ranch about his first visit to a big-city church. 

When I got there, they had me park my old truck in the corral," Joe began. 

You mean the parking lot," interrupted Charlie, a more worldly fellow. 
I walked up the trail to the door," Joe continued. 
The sidewalk to the door," Charlie corrected him. 
Inside the door, I was met by this dude," Joe went on. 
That would be the usher," Charlie explained. 
“Well, the usher led me down the chute," Joe said. 
“You mean the aisle," Charlie said. 
“Then, he led me to a stall and told me to sit there," Joe continued. 
"Pew," Charlie retorted. 
"Yeah," recalled Joe. "That's what that pretty lady said when I sat down beside her."

 

6.)        We have been give life in its fullest and that includes laughter. In 1 Corinthians 15:22 Paul writes, “In Christ all will be made alive!”    

Jesus Christ was brought to life from death. We can know that our sins are forgiven and we are free to love. When you know that you are loved this gives joy! When you love someone this makes you and the other person more joyful!

No matter what you are going through today you have hope in Christ who is alive.         

 

7.)        A man and his wife who were both 60 were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a genie came to visit them and told them that they each had one wish that would be granted to them.  

The wife wished for a trip around the world. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline and cruise tickets in her hands. 

The man wished his wife was 30 years younger. Whoosh… immediately he turned 90 years old!     (Be careful for what you wish for!)

 

8.)        There was a woman who was rather old-fashioned, always quite delicate and elegant, especially in her language. She and her husband were planning a week's vacation in Florida, so she wrote to a particular campground asking for a reservation. 

She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped, but didn't quite know how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old-fashioned term BATHROOM COMMODE. But when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again and rewrote the entire letter referring to the bathroom commode merely as the BC. "Does the campground have its own BC?" is what she actually wrote. 

Well, the campground owner wasn't old-fashioned, and when he got the letter, he just couldn't figure out what the woman was talking about. That BC business really stumped him. 

After worrying about it for a while, he showed the letter to several campers, but they couldn't imagine what the lady meant either. So the campground owner, finally coming to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the local Baptist Church, sat down and wrote: 

Dear Madam: I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take pleasure in informing you that a BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away, if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late. It is such a beautiful facility and the acoustics are marvelous.  

The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now a supper is planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC.

I would like to say it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it surely is no lack of desire on my part. As we grow old, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather.

If you do decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit with you, and introduce you to all the other folks. 

Remember, this is a friendly community.  Sincerely, Campground Owner

 

9.)        Life if always better together.   That is why we focus our vision on “Joyfully Connecting People to Christ and Community!” 

            Joy is what we desire as we celebrate the truth of the Risen Savior together. When we laugh together we are stronger. 

 

10.)      A farmer lived on a quiet, rural highway. But, as time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. It became so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day. So he called the sheriff's office and said, "You've got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens." 
        "What do you want me to do?" asked the sheriff. 
        "I don't care, just do something about these drivers." 
        So the next day the sheriff had the county go out and put up a sign that said: SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING. Three days later, the farmer again called the sheriff and said, "That sign didn't help a bit. They are still hitting my chickens." 
            So the next day, the county put up a new sign that said: SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY. 
            Again, no change. So the farmer called and called, every day for three weeks. Finally, he told the sheriff, "Look, your signs are just not working. Mind if I put up one of my own?"

The sheriff told him, "Sure thing, let's see if yours works better." 
            He was willing to agree to anything to get him to stop those daily calls. Well, the sheriff got no more calls from the farmer. After three weeks, he decided to call the farmer and see how things were going. 

"Did you put up your sign?" 
            "Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since. I've got to go. I'm very busy." And he hung up the phone. 
            The sheriff thought to himself, "I'd better go have a look at that sign. There might be something there that WE could use to slow down drivers..." 
            So the sheriff drove out to the farmer's house, and he saw the sign. It was on a whole sheet of plywood. Written in large, yellow letters were the words: SLOW: NUDIST COLONY.

 

11.)      May your faith in the risen Savior fill you with joy, hope, laughter and peace. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. That is great news and that is a message that our world needs to hear and know. 

 

Bonus Joke:    Three men were sitting together in the mall bragging about how they had given their new wives duties. 

The first man had married a woman from Alabama and bragged that he told his wife she was going to do all the house cleaning and wash all the dishes. 

            He said it took a couple of days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and all the dishes were done. 

            The second man had married a woman from Florida. He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to clean the house, wash all the dishes, and do all the cooking. 

On the first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day was a little better and by the third day, the house was clean, the dishes were done and there was a huge dinner on the table. 

            The third man had married a woman from Indiana. He boasted that he told her that her duties were to keep the house clean, wash the dishes, do all the cooking and mow the grass. 

He said the first day he didn’t see anything, and on the second day he didn’t see anything. But on the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye. It was enough that he could run the vacuum, fix a sandwich to eat, load the dishwasher and call a lawn service company.   You gotta love those Hoosier Women!