Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NKJV)
Are you grieving? Has your heart been broken? Do you long for the pain to stop? Take heart, beloved, for the Lord of all mercy hears your cries. He knows your pain. Indeed, He has suffered your pain, and He promises that we who mourn are blessed, and that we will be comforted…
14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT)
Jesus knew what it was to grieve and mourn. He mourned the death of His cousin, John the Baptist… He mourned the death of His friend Lazarus… He mourned for those of us who were lost in sin, pain and suffering…
1 Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed His powerful arm?
2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance,
nothing to attract us to Him.
3 He was despised and rejected—
a Man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses He carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed Him down.
And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for His own sins!
5 But He was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on Him
the sins of us all.
7 He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet He never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
8 Unjustly condemned,
He was led away.
No one cared that He died without descendants,
that His life was cut short in midstream.
But He was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
9 He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But He was buried like a criminal;
He was put in a rich man’s grave.
10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him
and cause Him grief.
Yet when His life is made an offering for sin,
He will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands.
11 When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish,
He will be satisfied.
And because of His experience,
my righteous Servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for He will bear all their sins.
12 I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because He exposed Himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. (Isaiah 53 NLT)
Beloved reader, you do not suffer alone. He knows your pain. He has suffered for it and from it, and He offers His comfort to all who would receive it. Are you thirsty? Are you weary? Are you worn out from trying to carry the burdens of life by yourself?
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
Beloved reader, if you are in the midst of grief, come, drink from the fountain of life. Seek Jesus, our great Savior and Comforter.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV)
In His first recorded sermon, Jesus tells us that those who mourn are blessed, and they shall be comforted. It’s also interesting to note that His first scripture reading in the synagogue, after He had been in the wilderness for 40 days, also dealt with the brokenhearted…
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me,
for the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent Me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,
He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for His own glory. (Isaiah 61:1-3 NLT)
Beloved, you are not alone in your suffering. If you will seek the Lord with all your heart, He will comfort you… Shalom. Peace be with you.
Cheryl A. Showers