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Beatitude 2 Those Who Mourn

Each week we would like to offer some notes of quotes and Scripture references used in the Sunday message. Our hope is that we will use these tools to go deeper into the passage and series. As we journey together through the Bible may we be transformed as a church and individually by God’s Word.

 

Beatitude Series 2 Those Who Mourn by Phil Rumschlag 10.08.2017

Listen to Phil’s message: http://gracetoledo.org/portfolio/the-beatitudes-2/

Passage: Matthew 5:4

From the introduction to the series: We will be looking at the portion of the Sermon on the Mount known as the Beatitudes during this series. The Sermon on the Mount “portrays life and community under the gracious rule of God…life and life together under the rule of heaven” Doug Rumschlag

Phil described mourning in the context of this passage: “Perhaps what Jesus is saying is blessed are those who mourn, mourn over their sin and their brokenness.  Recognize and mourn over their evil ways and their  rebelliousness toward God for they will be comforted.” He used a John Stott quote to further describe this:

“It is plain from the context that those here promised comfort are not primarily those who mourn the loss of a loved one, but those who mourn the loss of their innocence, their righteousness, their self-respect.  It is not the sorrow of bereavement to which Christ refers, but the sorrow of repentance.

This is the second stage of spiritual blessing.  It is one thing to be spiritually poor and acknowledge it; it is another to grieve and mourn over it.  Or, in more theological language, confession is one thing, contrition is another.”

John Stott, Christian Counter-Culture: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, 1978

Some examples of mourning over sin in the Bible:

Psalm 51:1-5

Romans 7:18-24

The other type of mourning Phil spoke of is mourning over the brokenness of our world. Some examples from Scripture of mourning in this manner:

Psalm 119:136

Philippians 3:18-19

Phil goes on,

“Friends, it is right and appropriate for us to mourn the things that are happening in the world around us and to mourn with those that are mourning.  And the question we could ask ourselves is, does my heart break for what God’s heart breaks for?  Do I mourn what God mourns?”

Those who mourn will be comforted.

“And this is the promise…God will bring comfort.  And though the world would have us chase comfort in its own worldly system, Scripture tells that true comfort is found in Jesus.  This is one of the promises of the Messiah, in Isaiah 61, one of the traits of the Messiah is that He will bind up the brokenhearted and comfort all who mourn.” Phil Rumschlag

Isaiah 61:1-3

“Such mourners, who bewail their own sinfulness, will be comforted by the only comfort which can relieve their distress, namely the free forgiveness of God. “The greatest of all comfort is the absolution pronounced upon every contrite mourning sinner.”

John Stott, Christian Counter-Culture: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, 1978

And we have hope in the comfort that is yet to come ~ the return of Jesus Christ:

Revelation 21:3-4

 

Our next passage will be Matthew 5:5. on 10.15.2017. Take time to read it before the service.

 

 

 

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