Mourning — receiving comfort: 16 March 2014

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. — Matthew 5: 4

Message

The Lord will not abandon us in suffering. We must be made aware of our suffering and accept comfort.The situation at the time of the Sermon on the Mount reminds us of the time when God presented the tablets of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai. Here Jesus makes it  clear that He possesses greater authority than Moses when He states: “You have heard that it was said to those of old … but I say to you …” (Matthew 5: 21–22). Most of the commandments of the old covenant begin with the words “you shall”. Jesus expresses Himself very differently at the start of the Sermon on the Mount. The beatitudes contain encouragement and promises. Our Bible text is the second of the beatitudes. It promises comfort to all those who mourn.

Core Points

  • In the beatitudes Jesus emerges as the lawgiver of the new covenant.
  • Suffering can also come into being if we slowly distance ourselves from God.
  • The comfort of the Holy Spirit helps all those who suffer.
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