Monday, November 7, 2011

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Last night we looked at Matthew 5:4 where Jesus said Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. To mourn is to feel or express sorrow or grief. Isaiah 61:2 says that Jesus came to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn and for those who do He promised to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

To the Jews specifically, Jesus promised comfort to those who would except Him as their King. To the Church, He promises comfort to those who mourn over their sin.

This is also what James was referring to when he said, Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  (10)  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:9-10).

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