There’s a category of jokes known as Mary Jane jokes. Mary Jane is clueless – she has an “alternate” take on the reality of the situation she’s in, and she laughs and laughs. For instance,

Mary Jane was driving on a mountain road and drove off the side.

And Mary Jane just laughed and laughed because she knew that car did not have air brakes.

The funny thing is, this has a Biblical basis. Not the person of Mary Jane, but the laughter and the alternate view of reality. A synagogue official named Jairus had a twelve-year-old daughter who was very sick. Jairus wanted Jesus to come heal her. As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house, someone came and told Jairus that his daughter had died, so not to bother Jesus any more. He continued to the house, and invited Peter, James, and John inside, along with the parents.

Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She didn’t die; she’s sleeping.” They laughed at him. They knew she was dead. Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, “My dear child, get up.” She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. (Luke 8:52-55, The Message)

It’s not strictly Biblical, but it’s not un-Biblical to think this: I believe Jesus just laughed and laughed . . .  and He had a solid grasp on reality.

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