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How does one come up with an effective April Fool’s prank. According to the EHow Website one should “choose jokes that people will never see coming, but get a good laugh out once the prank is revealed. Make sure you keep your jokes tasteful and respectful so you don't offend anyone.” If indeed this is the measure of a good April fool’s Day prank, then one would have to say that overall, God failed miserably on this one.

Having said that - to His credit - no one saw this one coming. “Hey! Did hear about Jesus? He’s risen form the dead!” The stock reply from those who did not actually see Jesus is probably well encapsulated by Thomas’ “unless I see the scars” pronouncement. But didn’t anyone tell God that for a prank to be effective, it must have sense of plausibility? ‘Hey God! Dead men don’t rise from the grave!’

The impausibility makes this one prank that we certainly didn’t see coming. So score one for God!

But from there on in, it’s downhill for the Almighty. Because when reality is revealed, it is no laughing matter. The disciples are moved to tears of joy. Meanwhile the offense of the cross is distasteful and offensive to those who do not believe.

There is nothing to laugh about in the resurrection of the Son of God. There is nothing plausible: What a peculiar way to bring about the salvation of the world. And yet the worst April Fool’s Day prank ever, is also the greatest!

1 Corinthians

18 For (while) the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [m]are perishing,… to us who [n]are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Happy April Fool’s are we who are fool’s for Christ. Out of our nothingness, may Jesus bring forth something beautiful, to the shame of the proud, and to the glory of God.

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