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Blessed are Those Who Mourn by Pastor Youngjae

posted Mar 20, 2014, 4:24 PM by Bowmansville UMC


Why should we mourn in the kingdom of God?  Aren’t we supposed to be delighted and joyful all the time like people we see in the church?

My baby daughter cries.  My wife or I hold her and comfort her.  My second daughter who is 6 years old cries.  I ask, “Why are you crying?” She babbles.  I don’t understand what she says, but hold her and comfort her anyway.  Is that what Jesus means?  Does he want to tell us to cry to heavenly father when you are hungry, upset, anxious, or in any situation.  Maybe, but he doesn’t seem to encourage us to be childish in this context.

There are many moments in our lives when we weep and mourn.  Even after you become adult there would be such moments of weeping and mourning; e.g., when we lost our loved ones, when we failed in whatever we do, when we broke up with someone we love, and so forth.  Some people may be in a severe depression or homesickness.  Does Jesus mean such things?

        I am sure that there would be comfort from God in these cases, but I don’t think they are what Jesus means by the second beatitude.  I think this particular mourning that is promised by Jesus with God’s comfort is related with the poverty in spirit.  Our sinful nature is never thought to be back after the moment of repentance and of faith in Jesus Christ, but it returns and works within us again.  “What a wretched man I am!”

Have you ever wept or mourned because of your sinful nature?  Have you ever burst into tears because you realized how deeply you are a sinner?  We may call them Christian tears, tears out of repentance.  Did they continue or stop at some point?  If they stopped at some point of your life, then ask yourself why they stopped.  Is it because we have nothing to repent any longer? 

        From my experience I think that the more we grow in God’s grace or the more Jesus grows in us, the more do we come to see of the desperate wickedness in our hearts.  If we are not mournful in our hearts any longer, then that may prove that we became almost perfect Christians. Or maybe it proves that we do not grow any longer in Christ or that Jesus Christ does not grow in us any longer. 

Paul says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthian 7:10)  We should not worry about what to wear, what to eat, and what to drink, but should worry about who we are before God all the time.  We think about ourselves all the time but hardly ask who we are before God.  Do we? 

Godly sorrow also concerns about the world we live in.  There is godly sorrow concerning our family, our church, our community, our country, or our whole world.  Jesus wept over the impenitent city of Jerusalem.  Psalmist says, “Streams of tears flow from my eyes for your law is not obeyed.” (Psalm 119: 136)  Christian tears come out when the love of God in Jesus is filled in one’s heart.  God love is seed of Christian tears.  Have you ever wept over the evil world?  It is easy to analyze, criticize, or judge it but it is hard to love and mourn for it. 

Christians are people who are continually mourning about sin and its consequences of oneself and others, but at the same time joyful because there is love and grace of God who comfort one’s wounds.  As Paul said, we are “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)

I sometimes cry.  If God asks me “Why are you crying?”  I may babble just like my daughter, but I know He comforts me every time I babble with godly sorrow.

Hear the word of the LORD, Jesus the Christ, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”(Matthew 5:4)  Amen.