Summary: True Christian meekness, as preached by our Lord as part of the Beatitudes, can only grow in the soil of poverty of spirit and godly sorrow.
Scripture reading: Matt. 4:23 - 5:16
Text: Matt. 5:5
My text is Matt. 5:5.
Last time I preached on "Blessed are they that mourn."
I want to remind you of a few things before we look at our text.
Our Lord Himself is the speaker: therefore the greatest sermon ever preached.
He was the Lord of glory, the God-Man, the Logos, the Word of God.
It is the Manifesto of the King: it describes His subjects--those in His Kingdom.
None of these beatitudes are natural characteristics, but rather spiritual.
The whole sermon shows unity and progression. This progression can especially be seen in the Beatitudes.
Specific--i.e. the first two beatitudes
Let me remind you of the first two beatitudes.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit."--A description of every true Christian.
It is the realization that before a just and holy God we are totally bankrupt.
We have no righteousness of our own--"nothing in my hand I bring."
It is a WORK OF THE SPIRIT--a realization of my true state.
The Greek underlying "poor" indicates not mere poverty, but actual beggary--"Blessed are the beggars in spirit"--those who realize they have nothing and therefore are forced to cry out to God.
It is the cry of an Isaiah "Woe is me..undone..unclean lips."
It is the cry of a Job "Behold I am vile... I abhor myself and repent..."
It is the cry of a Paul "Oh wretched man...who shall deliver me?"
If you have never been there, you are still outside the Kingdom.
Therefore "poor in spirit" describes every true citizen of Heaven.
Mourning is the next logical step.
The "poor in spirit" of necessity becomes a "mourner in Zion."
This is why the mourning here is not any old mourning, but GODLY SORROW.
He who realizes his spiritual poverty necessarily weeps over it.
Therefore godly mourning characterises every true Christian.
Mourns his past sins, his present sinfulness and weakness, the sin all around him.
Our Lord was a "Man of Sorrows" and the true Christian follows His steps.
And so we saw also that one cannot be a Christian and not be characterised by godly sorrow.
Reminder of the meaning of "Blessed"
It means happiness--but the highest, holiest kind of happiness.
Not frivolity, not FUN.
It is that which characterises God Himself: 1 Tim. 1:11 "The happy God."
It has HOLINESS at its root.
It comes unbidden to those who live right--i.e. it cannot be purchased, earned.
Our text is REVOLUTIONARY--remember to whom He was speaking.
Jesus had announced the Kingdom, i.e. the King had arrived.
The Jews had carnal expectations of earthly power and dominion for their Messiah.
They thought of pomp, splendour, military might.
They must have thought there was some mistake--poor in spirit, mourners, meek?
Jesus WAS announcing a takeover--"shall inherit the earth"--but THE MEEK???
Meekness suggests lowliness of mind, humility, lack of self-assertion--how are these going to take over the world?
Once again, God’s ways are not our ways.
Not only revolutionary, but entirely RELEVANT.
How could it possibly be relevant to you and me tonight?