Jesus Never Laughed.....
- (A letter discovered in the library of
the Lazarist Fathers in Rome, it is said,
was written by Publius Lentilus, a member
of Pontius Pilate's court. Addressed to
the Emperor, the letter gives an unusual
description of Christ at the beginning
of his preaching in Judea.)
I have learned, O Caesar, that you
desired some information regarding this
virtuous man called Jesus the Christ,
whom the people consider a prophet and
who is regarded as the son of the Creator
of Heaven and Earth.
It is a fact that everyday one hears
many things told about him. To be brief,
he makes the dead rise and he heals the
sick. He is a man of medium size, whose
appearance indicates both great sweetness
and such an amount of dignity that one
feels in looking at him that one must
love him and at the same time fear him.
His hair down to his ears is the color
of ripe walnut and hangs down on his
shoulders as a light blend and clear mass.
It is parted in the middle, according to
the fashion of the Nazarenes. His beard,
of the same color as his hair, is curly
and, although not very long, parted in
the middle like his hair.
His hands and arms are well-
proportioned and attractive. His speech
is earnest, and reserved and not over
His eyes are rather severe and shine
like the sun. It is inpossible anyone to
look him long in the face. When he scolds,
he inspires fear, but very soon he himself
begins to shed tears. Even in his most
severe moods he is affable and benevolent.
It is said that no one has ever seen him
laugh and that he sheds tears often.
His conversation is agreeable and
appealing. He is not seen very often in
public and when he appears he carries
himself modestly. His manners are very
distinguished. He is even beautiful. It
is possibly because his mother is an
attractive and virtuous woman?
(From the book 'Amish Roots' by John A. Hostetler)
- "While Jesus the Hebrew only knew the tears
and the melancholy of the Hebrew, together
with the hatred of Goodness and Righteousness,
the longing for death overtook him. Would that
he had remained in the desert, far from the
good and righteous! Perhaps he would have
learned how to live and love the earth - and
to laugh as well."
(Nietzsche - 'Thus Spake Zarathustra')