Retards in Resurrection City

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One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” (Luke 24:18)

Just how obvious is obvious?  Not very, I guess.

There are these two disciples, see?  And it’s Sunday morning and they’re shuffling along the road.  They’re bummed because their great white hope Jesus was snuffed a couple of days before.  They had hoped that he would kick Roman butt, set up a new administration, and appoint them to a couple of Cabinet posts—say, Secretary of Revenge and Secretary of Mockery Under God (S.M.U.G.).  But those hopes were dashed when their guy was stapled to a pole.  And to add insult to injury, somebody’s misplaced the body and a few of the girls in the campaign are now hallucinating about angels.  All in all, not such a great week.

But then, right there on the road, the very dude who got nailed days before strolls up beside them.  The dead guy ain’t so dead anymore.  But do these savvy cats pick up on the situation?  Nope.  Instead they ask Jesus the stupidest question ever asked in the history of the universe: “Are you the only person who doesn’t know what’s going on around here?”  Gee, like Jesus is clueless.  But instead of laughing in their faces or turning them into road apples, Jesus asks them a question (he’s so Jewish).  He asks, “What things?”  Wait a minute.  The second person of the Godhead playing dumb?  Now that’s funny.

Eventually Jesus lets the cat out of the bag—or maybe the Messiah out of the tomb, so to speak—and he finally clues our nearsighted Laurel and Hardy in on the joke.  They never did figure it out on their own.  Then, in an act of divine playfulness, as soon as they recognize him Jesus simply vanishes—POOF!—leaving the two disciples staring at each other like idiots, a state of affairs that has persisted for nearly 2000 years.

The moral of the story?  The obvious is only obvious when it’s obvious.  And another one: The Resurrection is the best joke ever pulled off.

Oh, and one more:  Maybe God is just messing with you.

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