Actually, Jesus told many jokes. They were puns, but these do not survive language translation. One of His best-known witticisms is found in today’s Gospel.
The Old Testament referred to a mysterious figure called “One like a Son of Man.” This was a synonym for “human-appearing” and he would bring help from God.
Jesus asks His apostles about current speculation on the figure’s identity. The disciples give the most common guesses. Jesus then quizzes them why they have not added His own person to the list.
Only Simon Bar (son of) Jonah gets the point. He blurts out that Jesus must be the mystery man, the Messiah.
“Simon” means “pebble” in Hebrew. “Cephas,” translated is Peter, and means “rock.” Jesus makes a double pun. He says that the little pebble is going to be a big rock in His scheme of things.
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