Life has hurt you, what does God have to say about that? In this pronouncement of blessing (beatitude), Jesus reveals that God is a healer of hearts and we have hearts that need healing.
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Life in the Kingdom: Happy are those who mourn
Sept 15th, 2013 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Matthew 4:17-5:4, Isaiah 61:1-4
The “kingdom” is when God’s will is done on _________ as it is in ____________.
We “grab hold” of the kingdom through ___________ and ________.
The two most important questions in the life of a follower of Jesus:
What is ________ _____________ to me? (Repentance)
What am _____ going ______ about it? (Faith)
A Disciple is a “student, ___________ or _______________.”
The Sermon on the Mount is where Jesus sets forth a ___________ for a whole new way of _________ that is possible- a life lived in God’s kingdom.
Each of the “beatitudes” introduces a call to repentance and faith, a call to hear the Lord and take action in a way that lines up your life with the heart of God, resulting in the blessing/happiness of God’s kingdom transforming your life.
“Happy are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matt 5:4
Life has hurt you, what does God have to say about that?
This is an announcement of the good news that God _______ about your mourning, and God’s ______for your life is that your heart be comforted.
This announcement has a parallel in a prophetic passage in Isaiah in which the Messiah goes into further description about God’s will to comfort those who mourn.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” Isaiah 61:1,Luke 4:18
Jesus quotes this passage (Isaiah 61) in Luke 4:16-18 and then says:
“Today, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:20
So, this passage (Isaiah 61) helps us understand what Jesus has in mind when he talks about comforting those who mourn.
…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Is. 61:2
This answers a fundamental question, “Is God on your side?”
In and through Jesus the Messiah, God’s heart is ______ toward you.
to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them…” Is 61:2
These are some of the ways God wants to show his favor and comfort your mourning. His will is to give you:
A beautiful headdress instead of ashes… Is 61:3 a headdress worn in times of _______ and celebration, instead of “ashes” put on the forehead in times of sorrow and mourning
oil of gladness…Is 61:3 Perfumed oil was poured on guests at joyous festivals and parties.
garment of praise Is 61:3 bright-colored garments, indicative of _____________, instead of those that indicate despair, e.g.sackcloth
In sum, this beatitude declares:
Be happy, God’s favor is with you to and his will is to bring you into the joy you were made for, in which you walk full of thanks and praise, not mourning and depression.
Jesus’ pronouncement reveals that God is a ____________ of hearts and you have a heart that needs ______________.
Living as a Disciple…
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
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