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Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
The striking thing about that is He knew full well He would raise Lazarus from the dead.
He wept over...
The brokenness of humanity
The pain of His loved ones
The suffering of His creation.
No one understands grief better than God. He grieved before man did.
And He entered right in with us. What an amazing Savior!
Jesus is a model of the attitude He is looking for in pronouncing blessings to those that mourn. The strongest Greek word possible was used for "mourning." It is weeping over two things: the condition of the individual/society due to sin and the impact sin has had.
We weep over…
We weep when...
We see the news.
We see the world's suffering.
We encounter the bitter division.
We see the profound blindness of people walking in darkness rather than in the light.
We see their refusal of the free gift of salvation, knowing the end of that path.
This is the mourning Jesus speaks of here. This grief is allowed into our lives as from God to draw us to Him.
Grief is a path, not a destination.
God has not left any person in this wretched condition, He provided a solution in Jesus. When we receive that solution we find comfort.
We are comforted knowing...
We have received forgiveness and cleansing from sin.
We are adopted as His precious children.
We have a glorious inheritance.
God is the Father of all comfort.
We receive beauty for ashes.
The oil of joy for mourning.
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Sowing in tears, we reap, even here, joy.
We are comforted by…
The assurance that our God reigns.
That things are not falling apart...things are falling into place!
Our hope of a promised future.
Our Lord’s coming Kingdom.
The days of our mourning shall soon be ended,
“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Then, in the fullest sense, shall the mourners be comforted.
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Additional scripture references:
John 11:35, 2 Cor 1:3, Isa 61:3, Psalm 126:5.