"They Laughed Him To Scorn"

J. D. Conley
April 30, 2017

No one enjoys being the object of laughter or ridicule. To be treated in such a way evokes a host of unwanted emotions. In fact, scorn and contempt is one of the most severe forms of persecution there is. Not only is it severe, but many times it is effective. Sometimes, the receiver will answer back in kind. They will not only answer back, but stop doing the good that drew the ridicule in the first place. How thankful we should be that our Lord never used that tactic, (Mt.27:39-43; 1Pet.2:23, et al).

Many times while Jesus was here on the earth He was laughed at, ridiculed and scorned. Yet, His meekness enabled Him to meet such insult with dignity and grace. These attempts at causing Him to be discouraged, or short-tempered, or wanting to quit, failed miserably.

Nevertheless, even though Jesus never let these attempts stop Him, does not mean they did not hurt Him. Remember, "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin"(Heb.4:15). Therefore, whenever Jesus was laughed at, ridiculed, mocked and made fun of, He felt the barbs, as much as we would.

Mark chapter 5 records an incident in which our loving Lord was held in derision. He, along with Peter, James and John, enter the mournful residence of Jairus. Mournful because his little girl had died, vs.35. What could be more tragic? But, Jesus is there! He immediately tells Jairus, "Be not afraid, only believe," vs. 36. As He enters the house, He asks the mourners "Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth," vs.39. Due to Jairus’ faith, the Lord has already brought this girl back to life. Jesus declares, "[She] is not dead, but sleepeth." That is, she is napping, she is not comatose, she is no longer dead, she is alive!

You’d think such a marvelous declaration would have been well received by the mourners, and yet, it seemed to be an insult to their intelligence. It’s then, "they laughed him to scorn," vs.40.

But the story has a happy ending. The little girl is awakened by the voice of the Lord, He takes her by the hand, she arises from her death bed, and walks and eats.

Myriads laugh Him to scorn today, regarding His Divinity, authority, church, vicarious death to redeem mankind, His New Testament, and His judging of the world. Those who laugh the Lord to scorn today, too, shall be "...astonished with a great astonishment," vs.42. Like the mourners in the text, far too many view the truth as an insult to their intelligence. But, don’t let that stop you from telling it to everyone you know.