Karl Sigurbjörnsson, the bishop over Iceland, said in his Easter sermon that religion is full of humor and the Easter is a joke of God. According to mbl.is, he said that God was laughing at the hesitation of a church that would rather glorify Good Friday than Easter.
The bishop said that in ancient times, the “Easter laugh” was a well-known concept. On the morning of Easter Sunday the churches were filled with jokes and laughter over the most incredible of all, that the crucified Jesus had come back from his death, and life had prevailed over death. “Yes God fooled the devil, felled him using his own trick. This is the most laughable of everything laughable, the most incredible of all unbelievable things, the most joyous of all pleasant things,” preached the bishop.
Well as a joke it is quite practical and much better than the one Satan pulled on Eve.
And the trick he pulled on Eve, he thought he was pulling on God. “Ha, God – you thought you had it all planned out, but now I’ve got you! You love the disgusting material brutes, but now you can’t have them because they’re permanently flawed! Ha!”
I doubt it ever occurred to the Evil One that God would have a way around the dilemma. Lowering himself to a material existence and sacrificially raising the material creation into the divine life would simply be inconceivable to a creature of Lucifer’s pride. Love is, indeed, stronger than death and does conquer all – at least, when that Love is actually a person. Deus caritas est – seems like I’ve heard that line somewhere.