“Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Weeping and mourning are common expressions at most funerals. When a loved one passes away many people are filled with grief and anxiety at never seeing them again. This causes some people to completely breakdown. The worst part of mourning and grief for a lot of people is the time that it takes. Often, they think they are over the mourning when some event or action happens to bring in the memories. Unfortunately for man the holiday season is one of the times that memories can return us to mourning.
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to bring joy to the broken soul. In the Beatitudes he instructs us that those who mourn will be comforted. Jesus came that we may know we are not alone in the world, but that God is with us. God comforts us within the depths of our soul.
The greatest comfort is knowing that in Christ death is not a permanent state. While we may miss a loved one, we are told that all who are in Christ shall be with him when He returns to take us all home ( Thessalonians).
The hope and joy of Jesus began on that quiet, silent night so long ago. It was proclaimed by angels, who were spreading Good New of great joy. However, the real joy came not on that night, but on the morning about thirty-three years later, when the stone of death and the grave was thrown aside and Jesus walked out of the tomb a conquering Savior for all who believe in him.
So, Jesus reminds us in this Beatitude that when we mourn in heart or spirit, our given hope is found in trusting Him. He will comfort our souls, and we can know our future is secure in him.
May you know Christ’s joy and may you be filled with his hope today.