Summary: What an amazing paradox! If it is not a paradox it is at least the opposite of what our culture tells us today. The paradox is that Jesus says that the man who mourns will be really happy. The world regards such a statement as utterly ridiculous. Who want
“Blessed Are The Repentant”
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
As we began examining the Beatitudes we noted that there is a definite order in the Beatitudes. Our Lord does not place them in their respective positions haphazardly or accidentally but in a logical spiritual sequence reflective of the way by which one becomes a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. As we saw in the last message being “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3) is important because it is the fundamental first step in becoming a Christian -because it is not until a person realizes their poverty that there is a sense of the need to be saved. Today we look at the second “blessed” – the second step to true happiness – repentance.
In each of the Beatitudes Jesus tells how the Kingdom of God reverses the obvious situation. Each statement makes us readjust our thinking. Jesus says "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comfort-ed.” This beatitude tells us that comfort comes through sorrow. Luke’s account is even more forceful, “…Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:25) What an amazing paradox! If it is not a paradox it is at least the opposite of what our culture tells us today.
The paradox is that Jesus says that the man who mourns will be really happy. The world regards such a statement as utterly ridiculous. Who wants to mourn anyway? In our self absorbed world we do everything we can to move in the opposite direction. The emphasis of our day is “live it up,” “grab all the gusto you can,” “laugh it off and move on.”
Last week we saw the need to recognize that we are spiritually bankrupt. But it is one thing to be spiritually poor and acknowledge it: it is another to grieve and mourn over it. It is the difference between realization and repentance, between awareness and brokenness. Realizing that one is “poor in spirit” is the intellectual side, the resulting “mourning” is the emotional side.
We want to examine three things in this message.
First, The Meaning Of Mourning
There are nine Greek words that can express grief, the word used here is the strongest and most severe of all, it is usually reserved for mourning the dead. It is also in the present tense, indicating continuous action and is lit. "the ones continually mourning (and they alone) are continually comforted."
• What Jesus is not talking about.
We all know people who do not seem content unless they are miserable. They look miserable, they act miserable and they seemed pleased when everyone around them is also miserable. They just seem to suck the life right out of any gathering. Maybe you experience someone like that in your family gatherings over the holidays. But that is not what Jesus is talking about. Christians ought to spread joy not despair.
• So what is Jesus talking about when He says that we should mourn?