This morning I continued our journey through the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5,6, and 7). We began the conversation with "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
When Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God through his Sermon on the Mount Discourse, those that Mourn take a special place in the list. We started this morning with an ask, "What is the mourning He is referring to?"
As Jesus shows His interest in the personal lives of those He encounters, there's no way to divorce the microcosmic view of mourning from our individual pain. Could He mean that pain in our world concerning death, disease, divorce, displaced; could all those things be the tragedy that causes mourning individually?
Of course if you look at the whole narrative of Jesus, His very presence lifts those in the darkest hours of night to a place of hope and calm.
There's also a bigger picture. What if Jesus referred to the grave injustice we all know shrouds the world's population today. Orphans will be comforted as they will know they are valuable again. Those going through times of disease will be healed of those things we know we can address because of poverty or cultures looking the other way.
Those that mourn will be comforted. Jesus said it, I want it!
And then we dove in head first to figure out what Meekness meant. Jesus states, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
First of all we need to understand the heavenly way of the Jew of Jesus day was to dwell in the end here on earth. There wasn't a heaven OUT THERE, but rather; the Jew of Jesus day was looking for the Kingdom of God right here on planet earth.
So Jesus is bringing to our attention a reward for an attitude that is counter cultural.
When we have the ability to do, but seek to reign that ability to control, we become Meek. I think of strong personalities I've met along life's highway who constantly prove a deep humility to bless those around them instead of claiming what could be rightfully theirs. It's an attractive quality to watch meek people function in the world. It's certainly not the way of the world, and Jesus declared it part of a counter cultural Kingdom.
The Mourning will be Comforted.
The Meek will inherit the Earth.
This is turning out to be quite a challenge for those of us who want to follow Jesus.