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JUNE 10, 2017 Beatitude #2- Matthew 5:4  “The Mournful”

 

Last week we looked at what it means to be Blessed and What it means to be Poor in Spirit:

  • These 8 beatitudes in Matt 5: 3-12 are the D.N.A “Building Blocks” of a Christian!
  • These 8 Beatitudes are the Kingdom’s Principles of “True Righteousness”!
  • Each of the 8 Beatitudes opens with the word Blessed
  • Contrary to popular opinion, blessed does not mean “happy”. Happiness is a subjective state, a feeling…Here, Jesus is not declaring how people feel, but is making an objective statement about what God thinks of them.
  • Blessed is a positive judgment by God on the individual which means “to be approved” or “to find approval” When God blesses us, He approves us.
  • If a person wants to be approved by God the conditions for His approval are found in these 8 Beatitudes!

 

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  To be Poor in Sprit requires one understands that Spiritually they are like Beggars!  Sinners, Totally Dependent on another “Christ” for Righteousness!

  • The Poor in Spirit knows they come to Jesus with Empty Hands…Nothing in my hands I bring…Simply to the Cross I cling! Thanking God for His GRACE!

 

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”  A Paradox!

  • A Paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

 

The first and Second Beatitudes are _________________:   The first Beatitude“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” is intellectual (those who understand that they are spiritual beggars).   The second Beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn” is its emotional counterpart!

 

Point:  When we see ourselves for what we are, our emotions will be stirred to mourning.  

 

We cannot Stress enough the importance of these spiritual truths as they relate to the Gospel.  The Beatitudes are not the Gospel because they do not explicitly explain Christ’s atoning death and resurrection and how we may receive Him.

 

Rather the Beatitudes are “___________________to the Gospel”.  The Beatitudes hold us up against God’s standards for the kingdom so that we can see our need and fly to Him; and they cut through “delusional” Christianity and “expose the shallowness” of those who give all the “Right” answers but do Not Know Christ!

 

“Blessed are those who mourn” Does Not Mean…Blessed are the grim, perpetually down, morose, cheerless Christians.

 

The kind of mourning that Jesus is pronouncing is, “Blessed are those who mourn over sin”.

  • For some that requires that they may need to come to the end of their own resources through personal difficulty so that they will turn to Christ and truly mourn over their sin.
  • Here we understand that to be blessed and approved by God we need to mourn over our personal sins and the sins that are poisoning the world.

 

Mourning is not Popular, yet, it is a necessity for___________________ health!

  • The World despises sorrow so much that it has gone wild in its attempt to avoid it. Entertainment has been maximized so that life is just one big party!
  • Today’s culture has overdosed on merriment and they think that those who mourn the course of the world, who mourn sin, are crazy. {I’m OK…You’re OK!}  They have Lost Sight of Gods __________ and God’s _________________ for Us!

 

So…What about the church?  Today, a popular belief is that if you are a Christian and filled with the Spirit You should Not experience sorrow…We should just be happy?

  • Today there are pastors that will not mention sin in their preaching because it makes people unhappy…Uncomfortable…Come on Pastor be Positive!!!!!
  • The result Christianity that is as shallow as a bird bath if it is truly Christianity at all!

 

KEY…Mourning is Beneficial to Every Christian:  Simply put…In matters of spiritual life and spiritual health mourning is not ___________________!

 

We Know…Mourning is necessary for ___________________.  You cannot become a Christian unless you mourn over your sins.   You cannot be forgiven unless you are sorry for your sins.

 

Likewise…Mourning is Absolutely Essential to __________ in Your Christian Life!  True Believers perpetually mourn, perpetually repent and perpetually confess.  The first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses states that “the entire life is to one of continuous repentance and contrition”.

 

In the first Beatitude, we see that an ongoing poverty of spirit leaves us open to ongoing blessings of the Kingdom.  Here, our ongoing mourning opens us to His unspeakable comfort and joy…which introduces that “We will be Comforted!”

 

The Blessings Reward to Mourning is _______________. The actual sense of the words that Christ’s is speaking are, “Blessed now are the mourners, for they shall be immediately comforted, and they will continue to be so”.

  • The basis of our comfort is to be forgiven…Free from our Guilt of Sin!
  • The word “they” is an emphatic…“They Alone will be comforted…No one else!”

 

The sources of so much personal sorrow (arrogance, judgmentalism, etc. are changed as we mourn them and are forgiven.  Therefore comfort springs from within…from changed lives!

  • God’s comfort is relational. It comes in the form of His divine companionship.  He is our ally.  He personally binds up our sorrows and comforts us!   This is why we are called “Blessed”!

 

Your only Comfort in life and in death is that You are Not Your own…But belong—body and soul, in life and in death to A faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus fully paid for all your sins with his precious blood, and has set you free from the tyranny of the devil…He also watches over you in such a way that not a hair can fall from your head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for Your salvation.
  • Because You belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures you of eternal life and makes you wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

 

Ponder the Achievement of God…He does not condone our sin, nor does He compromise His standard…He does not ignore our rebellion, nor does He relax His demands…

Rather than dismiss our sin, He assumes our sin, and incredibly, sentences Himself…God’s Holiness is honored, our sin is punished, and we are redeemed…God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream, perfect before God.

 

POINT: When we see ourselves for what we are, our emotions will be stirred to mourning.