TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 108, day 475 since Jan. 1, 2016.
John MacArthur said, “Jesus’ beatitudes are really a new approach to life. They condemn the shallow, superficial laughter of life, the frivolous happiness of the world and pronounce true blessing, true happiness, true joy, true comfort, and true peace on those who mourn.”
As I mentioned in our first message on this topic, Jesus’ laws of supreme blessing are not what you would expect from any worldly philosophy. And the second of the beatitudes which we are looking at today is no different. Jesus says, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Everyone mourns at some point in life — over the loss of a loved one, the loss of livelihood, or some great tragedy. In fact, I would venture to say that, due to the interconnectedness of our society and the ability of the media and the internet to broadcast even more tragedy onto our television screens and electronic devices, more people are in a state of mourning than ever before. Now, because we can see and hear the misfortunes of others often in real time, we feel the sorrow of people on the other side of the globe. But no one wants to mourn. No one wants to feel sorrowful. How can Jesus say that those who mourn are blessed?
Again, the mourning that Jesus is talking about is connected with our spiritual condition. Those who mourn are those who feel sorrow over their own sin, the sin that is present in the world, and the consequences of sin. The word used here is the strongest term for mourning in the Greek language; it indicates one who “weeps” or “passionately laments” over a loved one who has died. This is not casual sorrow, but deep grieving over the effect of sin in our lives.
Those who mourn are, in fact, blessed because their eyes have been opened to the truth about sin. Many people remain in darkness. The devil has blinded them to the ways that sin negatively impacts their lives and their world. They don’t see that “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” The world continues in sin and vanity, heedless to the fact that their own actions cause the problems that they are feverishly trying to avoid. They don’t see that sin is the cause of grief and mourning in the natural sense of those words. As Christians, we must ask ourselves, When was the last time we mourned over our sin? Over the sin in the Church? Writing to believers, James said, “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.”
But, out of this great mourning, supreme blessedness can come. Jesus says those who mourn “shall be comforted.” Those who mourn over sin will be comforted by knowing that Jesus mourns with them. Jesus is the “Man of Sorrows” who is “acquainted with grief.” At Lazarus’ grave, Jesus wept, not because Lazarus had died — He knew that He would bring him back to life — but because of man’s sin, the death that it caused, and the unbelief of the sinners who stood around Him. Supreme blessedness also comes from our mourning over sin if we let our sorrow lead us to repentance and to faith in Christ as the Sin-bearer and the Remover of the Sin-curse. Jared Mulvihill said, “The gospel is good news of great joy because it invades dreadful news of great sorrow. It steps in and changes things, bringing us to God as his own. The result is that God gets the glory and we receive the joy.” Mourn over sin so you can be comforted.
Frank E. Graeff wrote:
Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief
There is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
O yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
The long night dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
Jesus cares so much for you that He did not leave you to wallow in your grief. He came to save you so that, one day, you will never have to feel the effects of sin ever again. Come to Jesus now, placing all your faith and trust in Him for eternal salvation.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.