“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Wow! What a paradox to the way men think today. Most of the time we attempt to avoid the things that cause us to mourn. For instance, money and entertainment help distract us from mourning, but Jesus states that the man who mourns will be blessed and comforted. There is much to say about the subject of mourning that will have to wait till Sunday, but for now I thought it would be helpful to define the man who mourns in order to prepare our hearts for our time together on Sunday.
This is how D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones defines the man the mourns: “Let us, then, try to define this man who mourns. What sort of man is he? He is a sorrowful man, but he is not morose. He is a serious man, but he is not a solemn man. He is a sober-minded man, but he is not a sullen man. He is a grave man, but he is never cold or prohibitive. There is with his gravity a warmth and attraction. This man, in other words, is always serious; but he does not have to affect the seriousness. The true Christian is never a man who has to put on appearance of either sadness or joviality. No, no; he is a man who looks at life seriously; he contemplates it spiritually, and he sees in it sin and its effect. He is a serious, sober-minded man. His outlook is always serious, but because of these views which he has, and his understanding of truth, he also has ‘a joy unspeakable and full of glory.’ So he is like the apostle Paul ‘groaning within himself’ and yet happy because of his experience of Christ and the glory that is to come. Indeed, he is like our Lord Himself, groaning, weeping, and yet ‘for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame.’”
If you desire to be blessed and comforted, join us on Sunday morning as we dig deep into the heart of the beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn.” If you missed last Sunday or the Sunday before, I encourage you to listen to those messages either by clicking the “sermons” link found below or by subscribing to our podcast titled “NCL Church Sunday Sermons”.
God bless you all and see you on Sunday!