Christ’s Demand for a Church that Mourns

26 Apr

The Dual Blessing of Mourning

One beautiful aspect of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5 is its dual application. Those whose hearts respond to the gospel of Jesus experience a touch of each of the beatitudes in the moment they believe. As we continue in our deepening understanding and love of Him, the beatitudes unfold to show us the blueprint for His Church.

In the last blDSC_0204croppedog we saw how becoming poor in spirit (brokenness) not only opens the door to the kingdom, but also establishes a way to experience many blessings from the Lord. In this blog we will come to understand the happiness in mourning. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but that’s what makes our life in Christ an adventure.

Let me first explain how much of an oxymoron Jesus’ statement is. Blessed means far more than happy or receiving good things. A closer definition would be deliriously happy—almost giddy, if you will. This goes way past your Sunday-best smile. And mourn goes well past being sorry or sad. It is that gut-wrenching, heart-tearing grief.

As I said, you got a taste or touch of the meaning at your point of salvation. At that moment you realized the mess you’ve made of your life. I know I did. I couldn’t fathom that Jesus could find any remnant of me worth anything to Him, anything He could use. I became a glob of flesh mixed with tears and snot as I realized what a stench my life had become. But I said, “You’re welcome to it, Lord.” Then I experienced His comfort. I couldn’t believe what I felt as He put His arms around me and drew me close. I wouldn’t have believed it had I not experienced it. When I compared my life to the righteous judge who preferred to love me, in that instant I became deliriously happy, yes giddy, over being completely forgiven and accepted.

Part 2

Now for the second aspect. We must all experience the first in order to move on to fitting into the Lord’s blueprint. Your experience may not have been as dramatic as mine, but in some way we all must know the weight of our sin and that weight being lifted from us by our Savior. Moreover, we must all remember the beginning of our faith. We have to go back to the beginning. Otherwise, we can become judgmental toward others. As we see others make bad decisions for their lives while refusing our counsel, we often react. If we get to that point, our faith has become a religion.

Instead, mourn. Look around you. Nearly everything you can see—even many good things—are trapped in the sin that brings judgment on this world. Remember what sin did in your life. Think about the impact it is still having. You may still be experiencing consequences of past decisions. There may be people you need to ask to forgive you or make restitution to as the Spirit brings them to mind. You may have a constant reminder of how you lived your life in rebellion to God’s principles, a reminder in the form of physical ailments or broken relationships. Your mourning—not over your circumstances, but rather over sin’s impact—brings a nearness to your Lord as He reaches out to give you more comfort—comfort like when you first believed.

From Blueprint to Model

Herein lies the greatest secret to mourning: recognize that impact of sin in those around you. Jesus modeled this for us when he paused and wept over Jerusalem. And again later when he said in Matthew 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wantDSC_0149ed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (NKJV) And the greatest example of His grief over the impact of sin happened on the cross. Suffering unfathomable abuse, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34 NKJV)

Jesus recognized the outcome of sin as He looked out over Jerusalem. He wept for the city, its inhabitants, and all who were caught in sin’s death grip. He lamented over the many times He had wooed His people, and still they refused and abused His message and messengers. Finally, as their King, He forgave them because He knew the deception of sin.

According to His word and His example, fighting for the kingdom begins with mourning. In America we fight for our rights. We take up causes and sacrifice ourselves to win the battle for what we believe. While I am not saying we should be silent observers, I am saying consider our effectiveness. We sometimes have won a skirmish over an issue, but we are losing the war. The church is feeling more like a victim than the conqueror. The differences between Christians and people of the world blurs as the world is having a greater impact on the Christians than the other way around. See our world from the standpoint of how sin is affecting it. Mourn for it as Jesus did and does. We will make a difference only by following the Lord’s blueprint.

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