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Mourning is seen as a state of sorrow that is to be avoided, but it is a necessary step in acknowledging our sin and our need for a savior. The comforting that follows is only possible in the context of a sinner who mourns their sin, their lost condition, and their inability to save themselves.
Jesus says that those who mourn will be comforted. What are they mourning and why is it a given that they will be comforted? Listen for the answers in this message from Matthew 5, verse 4.
Is the second Beatitude a kingdom virtue to be striven for, or is Jesus perhaps addressing the reality of life that many in the crowd actually faced? His promise is for a Kingdom in which those who mourn will not only be comforted, but can embrace a life that says, "the joy of the Lord is my strength!"
This sermon seeks to answer the question, "Why did Jesus come to Earth?"
Zechariah’s text is applied to Jesus by the New Testament. Doing so also makes us the ones responsible for his death. “Look upon the one we have pierced and mourn”. But, for this prophet’s apocalyptic imagination, we are prisoners not to fear or grief or guilt. We are prisoners of HOPE.
Jesus calls His followers to a different kind of mourning
Some things are simple. Quite often, though not all the time, simple things are difficult to do. Some times, if we are honest, we avoid the simple because we would rather not do it (or them). The text today is simple. It focuses on Jesus' identity and the implications of it. One implication is we are to fast. Simple - yes. Difficult - ??