Blessed are they that Mourn

SERMON ON THE MOUNT (PART 2)
BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – WE ARE CONTINUING WITH THE SECOND PART OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. A MESSAGE THAT JESUS GAVE TO HIS DISCIPLES AND BELIEVERS. THERE WERE OTHERS IN THE CROWD THAT WOULD HEAR WHAT HE SAID BUT WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND FOR THEY DID NOT YET HAVE SPIRITUAL EARS, BUT WERE FOLLOWING CHRIST TO SEE THE MIRACLES AND OUT OF CURIOSITY.
THE SECOND SO-CALLED BEATITUDE GIVEN BY JESUS IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT IS: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (MATTHEW 5:4) HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU HAVE HEARD ANYONE EXTOLLING THE VIRTUES OF MOURNING – YET HERE IT IS AND IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID IT.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MOURN? IT MEANS TO FEEL AND / OR TO EXPRESS DEEP SORROW AND GRIEF AS WHEN A LOVED ONE DIES. MOURNING IS NOT A BRIEF MOMENT OF SORROW OR GRIEF BUT A LINGERING PROLONGED TIME OF SORROW AND EMOTIONAL SUFFERING. IT CAN CONTINUE FOR A LIFETIME WHEN A CHILD OR A MATE DIES. IN BIBLE TIMES IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL TO PUT ON SACKCLOTH AND TO SIT IN AN ASH HEAP DURING A TIME OF MOURNING AS JOB DID WHEN HE WAS AFFLICTED.
According to Ecclesiastics 3:4: there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance… Eccl 7:2-4: It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

II) WHY SHOULD WE MOURN WHEN SHOULD WE MOURN?
A) WE SHOULD MOURN NOW AND REPENT OVER OUR OWN SINS AND THE SINS OF OUR CHILDREN. IF THE FAITH THAT WAS HANDED DOWN BY OUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS IS A COLD HISTORICAL MONUMENT INSTEAD OF A LIVING, GROWING FAITH THAT IS BEARING THE FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP. OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT COMMITTED BECAUSE WE ARE NOT COMMITTED. JUDE 3-4: I FELT I HAD TO WRITE AND URGE YOU TO CONTEND FOR THE FAITH THAT WAS ONCE FOR ALL ENTRUSTED TO THE SAINTS. AS I SURVEY THIS CONGREGATION THIS MORNING I FEAR THAT MANY OF OUR CHILDREN WOULD NOT BE READY IF JESUS WOULD RETURN THIS MORNING.
B) WE SHOULD MOURN NOW AND REPENT OVER THE SINS OF OUR NATION – A NATION THAT WAS FOUNDED UPON CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES AND BIBLICAL VALUES, BLESSED BY ALMIGHTY GOD, YET OUR NATION HAS TURNED OUR BACK AGAINST GOD TO WORSHIP THE GODS OF THIS AGE: HOLLYWOOD AND MOVIE STARS, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE AND SPORTS HEROES AND INTERNET ENTREPRENEURS WHO HAVE HIT THE BIG TIME. JUST BEFORE OUR LAST ELECTION, ONE OF OUR TV NETWORKS SURVEYED YOUNG PEOPLE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. VERY FEW OF THEM EVEN KNEW WHO WAS RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT OR EVEN RECOGNIZED THEIR PICTURES YET THEY HAD NO PROBLEM RECOGNIZING THE PICTURES OF MOVIE STARS OR ROCK STARS.
C)
WE SHOULD MOURN AND REPENT FOR THE CONDITION OF THE CHURCH.
1) WE ARE A RELIGIOUS PEOPLE, MOST OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIAN YET ONLY ABOUT 10% ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY. WE ARE RELIGIOUS BUT WE DO NOT PRAY REGULARLY NOR DO WE READ GOD’S WORD.
2) ABOUT 4000 CHURCHES CLOSE THEIR DOORS EVERY YEAR. NORTH AMERICA IS THE ONLY CONTINENT IN THE WORLD WHERE CHRISTIANITY IS NOT GROWING.
3) ON THE AVERAGE MORE THAN 3500 PEOPLE LEAVE THE CHURCH EVERY DAY IN NORTH AMERICA.
4) 85% OF OUR CHURCHES ARE LOSING MEMBERS; 14% OF OUR CHURCHES GROW BY CHURCH MEMBERS TRANSFERRING FROM OTHER CHURCHES; LESS THAN 1 % GROW AS A RESULT OF NEW CONVERSIONS TO CHRIST.
5) ACCORDING TO DR. PETER WAGER, NO COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES HAD A POSITIVE CHURCH GROWTH IN THE 1980’S.
6) PEOPLE GIVE LESS TO THE CHURCH TODAY PROPORTIONATELY THAN THEY DID DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. ONLY ABOUT 10% OF THE PEOPLE THAT DO ATTEND CHURCH SUPPORT THE CHURCH FAITHFULLY IN THEIR TITHES AND OFFERINGS. THE SAME 10% DO MOST OF THE WORK IN THE CHURCH.
7) THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE IS SPOILED AND UNCOMMITTED TO THE CROSS-OF CHRIST. WE GET OFFENDED AND LEAVE THE CHURCH IS SOMEONE LOOKS AT US CROSS WAYS. WE DO NOT THINK THAT WE SHOULD SUFFER FOR OUR CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY. WE GET EMBARRASSED IF SOMEONE FINDS OUT WE ARE A CHRISTIAN. WHEN DID WE BECOME SO PAMPERED AND PRIVILEGED? WHY ARE WE BETTER THAN OUR LORD? HE HAD EVERY REASON TO BE OFFENDED BUT INSTEAD HE CHOSE TO OBEY THE WILL OF GOD AND DIE IN OUR PLACE.
(a) 1 Peter 4:16-17: However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; NIV
(b) Luke 9:26: If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. NIV
(c) Hebrews 11:14-16: If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. NIV
D) DONALD STAMPS SAYS WE SHOULD MOURN AND REPENT OVER THE THINGS THAT GRIEVE THE HEART OF GOD AND BE AFFLICTED IN OUR SPIRITS OVER THE SIN, IMMORALITY AND CRUELTY AND MANIFESTED IN THE WORLD AS THE PROPHETS OF OLD:
1) Jeremiah 8:21: Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?
2) Lamatations 5:14-16: The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music. 15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning. 16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned! NIV
3) Hosea 4:1-3: Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. 2 There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3 Because of this the land mourns …
4) Jeremiah, was called the weeping prophet, mourned for the sins of Israel & the judgment the was to come.
5) See Also James 4:8 & 9; 2 Cor 7:9 – 11

III) THOSE WHO DO NOT MOURN NOW WILL MOURN LATER. Will IT MAY BE TOO LATE.
A) Luke 6:24-26: “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25 Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. NIV

B) Matt 24:30-31: “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. NIV

C) Rev 1:7-8: Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. NIV

D) Rev 18:11-12: “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more- 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; NIV

E) Rev 18:14-17: “They will say, `The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out: “`Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! 17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ NIV
IV) CONCLUSION: THE DAYS OF THIS EARTH ARE NUMBERED AND THE ECONOMIC LIGHTS ARE GOING OUT. IT IS A TIME TO MOURN AND IT IS A TIME TO REJOICE AT THE SAME TIME. THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS COMING UPON THE EARTH, LOOK UP FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR … JESUS IS COMING. IF YOU ARE NOT READY FOR HIS RETURN I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU. YOU STILL HAVE TIME!
A) Isaiah 61:1 – 3: He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.They will be called oaks of righteousness,a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. NIV
B) Joel 2:11-14: The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? 12`Even now,` declares the LORD, `return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.`13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity… NIV
C) Rev 21:3-4: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” NIV
OUR GOD IS A HOLY GOD. HE IS ALSO GOD OF MERCY AND FORGIVENESS.

 

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