Summary: Mournfulness is one of the eight qualities of character of a citizen of the Kingdom of God that Jesus declares in the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount. Those that mourn are blessed with comfort both in the present and in the future.
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Those Who Mourn
The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached Series
By Greg Johnson
Jesus said (Matthew 5:4 NIV) "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Mournfulness is one of the eight qualities of character of a citizen of the Kingdom of God that Jesus declares in the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount. Those that mourn are blessed with comfort both in the present and in the future.
THOSE THAT MOURN
In 1984, Becky and I had been married for two years and were living in Lexington, Kentucky. We got a phone call in the middle of the night that I will never forget. Numbed by sleepiness I answered the phone and the person identified herself as a friend of Becky’s mom calling from the emergency room at St. Marys hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. I knew that the information I was about to receive could not be good. We ser informed Becky’s dad had passed away from a sudden massive heart attack. He was 46 years old. Becky went through an extended grieving process. There would be some days that she would just sit and cry and there was nothing I could do or say to comfort her. Time would be the healer.
Everyone has experienced this type of sorrow associated with losing a loved one to death. By the grace of God, both of my parents are still living, but I have buried all four of my grandparents whom I loved and respected. Even though they were all Christ followers, my heart was sorrowful at each of their departure from earth to go to glory.
This sorrow is real and can be debilitating, but the sorrow of bereavement is not the sorrow that Jesus is referring to in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is referring to the sorrow associated with repentance.
Last week we looked at the poor in spirit and how they realize their spiritual poverty and acknowledge it. This is what separates them from the religionist who is trying to earn citizenship into the Kingdom of God through their own merit. It is one thing to realize ones spiritual poverty and acknowledge it. It’s another thing to mourn and grieve over ones spiritual poverty. This is the quality of character that Jesus is describing here. Citizens of the Kingdom of God mourn and grieve over their sin. They run from their sin to God.
THE BLESSING FOR THOSE THAT MOURN
The blessing for those that mourn over their sin is comfort. They are comforted by Jesus both in the present and in the future.
According to the Old Testament prophets, the Messiah would be one that would bring comfort. Concerning the Messiah, the prophet Isaiah wrote:
(Isaiah 40:1 NIV) "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God."
(Isaiah 61:1 NIV) "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,"