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Open your Bible, if you will, to Luke chapter 23...Luke chapter 23. I think I have a little explaining to do with regard to the title of the message. No doubt when you look down at the bulletin today and you saw, "The Comedy at Calvary," you were stunned by that. It is a shocking idea. It is an irreverent notion. In fact, it is on the surface cruel and could well be considered blasphemous to think of Calvary as a comedy. And certainly you have never thought of it as such.

When you think of Calvary, you think of its horrors, its cruelties, its agonies. You do not think of it as a comedy, nor should you. I don't think of it as a comedy. But the people who participated in it when it happened turned it into a comedy. For them Calvary was a joke. A classic dictionary definition of comedy is, "A ludicrous or farcical event," that's Webster. If you wanted a synonym for that definition of comedy, it might be satire, farce, parody, burlesque, vaudeville, or you might just call it a joke, a rather extended joke.

And from the crucifiers of Jesus, the whole event had been twisted into a perverted and extended joke. Truly it was in their view a comedy and Jesus was the butt of the joke. What was the joke? This is the King of the Jews. Laughable to them....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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