THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 5-1-05
LESSON TITLE: "THE CHRISTIAN BEATITUDES: BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN"
In what is often referred to as the "song of Moses," we hear these words, "The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will exalt Him." The Lord our God truly is our God and the one and only God of all! Furthermore, we must praise and worship Him for He has offered us His grace and Salvation!
What a privilege it is this day, to once again assembly before our Creator and to Worship and praise His Name. May we each focus our thoughts on God at this time and give this time fully to His remembrance.
Thus, as we start our devotion to God this morning, let's begin by talking with our Father in prayer. Bow with me please!
Let's begin immediately with our songs of praise this day. The first song of the day reminds us of the wondrous fellowship we share as the Children of God. So, won't you do your part at this time and join in with the congregation as we sing together, "Bless Be The Tie That Binds!"
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As a parent myself, I finally know what it is like to have children of your own. What a great blessing our families are from God and what a privilege it is in this life to have loved ones to have, hold and God willing - to grow old with.
There is a verse in Proverbs 17:6, that reminds us of just how wonderful children are in this life. There we read, "Children's children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father." Notice how this verse reminds us of just how precious children are, but not only children but grandchildren also. In fact, our children are to be our crown and glory in this life. We should be able to look at them and smile, rejoice and know that we have had a great part in making them what they are. In fact, in the same verse we see that the "glory of children is their father!" Wow, what an awesome responsibility!
Here we learn the great importance of each person in a family fulfilling their respective functions according to God's Will! If we all do what God wants and give our best, we become a great blessing, a glory, and an honor to the other parts of our family. The father is a glory to the mother and children, the mother is a glory to the father and children, and the children are a glory to the father and mother! How beautiful it is to see a family of God all functioning as He commands and ultimately bringing honor to Him, through our love and obedience!
Finally, consider the comparison given of the physical family to the church family. Just as the physical family brings honor to one another and ultimately to God, the church family does the same. Jesus the head, brings glory to the church and the church brings glory to the head, Jesus! We read this in Ephesians 5:27, there we read, "that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."
The Bible is clear! What we are striving for in this life is to fulfill our respective positions in life just as God would have us to. Why, so that at the end of the day we will bring glory on those who are around us and on almighty God Himself. What a blessing it is to be able to "lift God up," through our obedience to His precious Will!
We are glad to have a guest speaker with us on this Lord's Day. We welcome brother Adam Orr to the program. Brother Orr is a fine young man and is presently one of our students at the Bible Institute of Missouri. He is about to graduate at the end of this month and he has already been hired as the minister for the Fordland Church of Christ. We are very proud of this good brother and we certainly are pleased to have him with us today to lead us in our main study from God's Word.
As far as our series, we will be continuing our study on the beatitudes! Our specific lesson of the day is entitled, "Blessed Are those who Mourn, for they shall be comforted." So, please stay with us this morning and after our next song brother Adam Orr will be leading us in this study from God's Word. Now let's join together in our second song of the day. The name of this hymn, "Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary."
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Speaker: Adam Orr
I wish you a good morning. Thank you so much for taking this time to dedicate to the Lord as we have now been able to go to the Lord and praise Him in song and also to go to Him in prayer. At this time, we're going to open our Bibles and look into His Word as we continue this study on the Beatitudes, this great sermon that Jesus gave us here as He was beginning His ministry.
I remember as a young boy growing up and trying to memorize these verses as quickly as I could, to understand their meaning. Now as I have been in Fordland, I remember how that we have a young girl who has memorized Matthew chapter 5, verses 1-12 and what a great encouragement it is to understand and to memorize these words as given to us by our Lord.
This morning, we're going to focus our main study on Matthew chapter 5 and verse 4, the second of these Beatitudes that is given to us. There it says in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 4, it says, "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted," Jesus said. The word "blessed" there carries with it the idea of being happy. We could say, "happy are those who mourn," which sounds a little funny, but that's the meaning of this word. When we think of those in life that perhaps have a beautiful family. They have a beautiful car or a beautiful home that they live in. We say, "Well, so and so, they are really blessed, aren't they?" What do we mean by that? We mean that they are very happy. Things are going well for them. And so again, we could say that happy are those who mourn. When we think of mourning, we think of anything but happy. But why are these people able to be happy? Because of what follows. "They shall be comforted," Jesus says. Who are those who mourn in this verse? You know when we think of mourning, again we think of someone who is sad. Maybe they've lost a loved one. Something has happened in their life that has caused them much sadness. But here, that is not the idea as given to us by our Lord. Those who mourn, in this verse, are those who are mourning because of sin that is in their life. I think that is what Jesus is speaking of here in that context. Those who are mourning, they have a penitent heart, understanding that their sin has separated them from God and they are penitent. They want to come back and reestablish this relationship with God. They have found themselves in mourning.
If you'll turn with me in your Bibles to 2 Corinthians chapter 7, we see what godly sorrow leads to. It leads to repentance. There in 2 Corinthians chapter 7 in verse 10, the apostle Paul says, "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted but the sorrow of the world produces death." Here the apostle Paul is giving us the difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.
I like to think back to when I was a little boy growing up. I think that when I would do something that I knew my parents would not appreciate, I would sometimes get caught. Well, most of the time, I would get caught and I would think, "Well, I am not real sorry that I did it, but I am very sorry that my parents found out." You see, that's what the world likes to think of as repentance. They're not so sorry that they committed the sin, but they are sorry that they got caught. This is not godly sorrow as can be referred to here in this scripture by the apostle Paul.
I think back to other times when I was a boy growing up or anytime now even. I think to when I do something wrong, something that I know is sin, and then I would think about the fact that, "Well, you know what I just did really hurt my parents," or "It really hurt those that I love, those that are closest to me." Then I was very sorry that I had committed that sin. You see, this is what the Bible likes to describe as godly sorrow. It is in a spiritual sense where we who live our lives commit sin against God and we understand that that sin has hurt God. It has caused us to break that relationship with God and then it is then up to us to repent, to come back to God and reestablish that correct relationship. It is at that time when you are willing to do whatever it takes in order to make it right with that penitent heart and to do away with that sin which is in your life.
I'd like to look also this morning at those who had godly sorrow in their life that led to repentance and the first example that came to mind was the apostle Peter. If you remember there in Luke chapter 22, Jesus has come to Peter. This is before he is arrested. Jesus comes to Peter and He says, "Peter, before the rooster crows, you are going to deny me three times." And we remember there as we saw it in Luke chapter 22 and verse 31-34. It says, "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, indeed Satan has asked for you that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren. But he said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death. And He said, I tell you Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day til you will deny Me three times, or deny three times that you know Me." Here's the story of Peter. Jesus has come and He says, "Peter, you're going to deny Me three times," and Peter's response is something similar to what we might say. "God, Jesus, I will never deny you. I am willing to go even to death for your cause." But if we go over to starting in verse 54, what do we find there happens with Peter? There in verse 54 of Luke 22, it says, "Having arrested Him (that is Jesus), they led Him and brought Him to the High Priest's house, but Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them, and a certain servant girl seeing them as they sat by the fire, looked intently and said, This man was also with Him. But he denied Him saying, Woman, I do not know Him. And after a little while, another saw him and said, You also are one of them. But Peter said, Man, I am not. Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed saying, Surely this fellow also was with Him for he is a Galilean." What did Peter say? "He said, Man, I do not know what you are saying. Immediately while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed and the Lord turned and looked at Peter and then Peter remembered the Word of the Lord and how He had said to him that before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. So Peter went out and wept bitterly." Here we see what has transpired with Peter and our Lord. Jesus has told him that he will deny Him and Peter said he will not, but we see that he did. He did in fact deny Him three times and after the third time, he heard that rooster crow and then he made eye contact with the Lord. Think about that for a moment. He has just denied His God, and then he is able to make eye contact with Jesus. And what was the reaction of Peter? Peter went out and wept bitterly. He had godly sorrow which led to repentance. He was sorry that he had sinned against God and he was willing then to make it correct. And as we see throughout the rest of the New Testament, Peter was such an important tool throughout the New Testament and in the kingdom of Christ. He was able to correct his sin.
David wrote in Psalm 30 and verse 5, he says, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the mourning." Weeping only lasts for a time. Mourning will only last for a time and then joy will come as we look throughout the rest of this verse found in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 4, our text this morning. Jesus said there, "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." They will be comforted. The mourners will be comforted. This word carries with it the idea of being consoled, being encouraged or being strengthened.
I ask you what do you want in a time of mourning? When you experience a time of deep mourning, what is it that we want most at that time? Well we want somebody who will come to us, who will comfort us, who will strengthen us, who will console us, and Jesus says that's exactly what you can find in Him. Those who are mourning can find comfort in Him. Mourning is not an end in and of itself. Mourning over sin does quickly turn to joy when we find out that we can in fact be forgiven of this sin. That's the comfort that we can find in our Lord. He never intended for mourning to be an end in itself. It is a means to an end. It brings about a much greater comfort. I want you to think about the fact this morning that pain can in fact bring about healing. And you say, "Well, that's a wild idea." But think about it for a moment and you'll understand what I'm saying. Pain can bring about healing. I think to the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 12. There we read about his thorn in the flesh. And while we're not exactly sure what that thorn in the flesh was, we do know that it was something that bothered him and troubled him greatly. In fact, he asked the Lord three times that he would remove that thorn from his flesh. But there in 2 Corinthians chapter 12, what did Jesus tell Paul in verse 9? He says, "And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you (listen) for my strength is made perfect in weakness." The strength of Christ was made perfect in weakness. We think about those that have been in maybe a car accident or have had to experience a major surgery, a surgery that does require physical therapy. And I've never had to experience any physical therapy of my own, but I've heard from many who have that it sometimes leave physical therapy you leave feeling worse than when you came in. Does that mean we should quit physical therapy? Does that mean physical therapy has no use? Absolutely not! That physical therapy, though it may hurt us for a time, is actually helping us in the end, helping our body to heal and to function as it should. The same can be said of our mourning sin. It brings us pain. It brings us sorrow. It brings us sadness knowing that we have sinned against our God and transgressed His law, but in the end, it brings us forgiveness and that forgiveness brings us comfort knowing that we have now done the Will of God. We have asked for His forgiveness and we know that He is willing to forgive.
There is great comfort for those who mourn in Christ. Look with me over in the book of Hebrews chapter 12. There in Hebrews chapter 12, I want to begin reading in verse 3 and read down through verse 11 about the chastisement of God and think about this idea of how pain can bring about healing. Look with me in Hebrews chapter 12 as this writer says in verse 3, it says, "For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin and you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him, for whom the Lord loves, He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives. If or since you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? If you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of Spirits and live, for they indeed for a few days chastened us as seen best to them, but He for our profit might be partakers of His holiness." Now listen to verse 11. "Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful. Nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." He says that no chastening seems joyful for the moment, but it seems painful. Well what does that pain lead to? It leads to walking in the ways of righteousness.
Good people, we need to understand that while this mourning brings about pain for a time, we understand that after that time, we can have the forgiveness of Christ if we are found in Him. We can have that comfort in knowing that He has given us forgiveness.
This morning, I want to now look at the great invitation given to us by our Lord. In Matthew chapter 11 verses 28-30. Again, this is Jesus talking not long after He has given us the verses there in Matthew chapter 5. There in Matthew chapter 11 verses 28-30, Jesus says the following, "Come to Me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light." This is what we need to understand together this morning. While we may be experiencing these times of mourning, as we have sin in our life and we are trying our best to get rid of that sin, we need to understand that if we come to Christ, understand that if we come to Christ as He has commanded us to, that He is willing to forgive if we repent, if we come to Him, if we confess our sin, He is willing to forgive us.
This morning, we might find ourselves in a time of mourning sin that is in our life. However, Jesus invites us to Him because He is that source of comfort as He says there in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 4. I hope today that you can find comfort in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that if you are mourning sin you will come to Christ and allow Him to forgive your sin, to obey His Will, to follow His commandments. If you are willing to repent of your sin, to turn from that life of sin to the life that God has given us and commanded us to live, He will forgive you, to make that great confession that Jesus Christ is the son of God as the Ethiopian Eunuch did there in Acts chapter 8 and verse 37 before the man Philip took his confession. He said, "If you're willing to confess that Jesus Christ is the son of God, you may be baptized." And it is in those waters of baptism that our sin is forgiven. It is washed in the blood of Christ. In 1 John chapter 1 and verse 7, it tells us that we have fellowship with God if we walk in the light as He is in the light and if we continue walking in those paths of righteousness, He is able to forgive us. The blood of His son continuously washes us of this sin. What greater comfort can we find this morning than knowing that as we do sin, we can find comfort in knowing that Jesus' blood is able to wash that sin away? Won't you please do what the Bible has commanded us to do in order to be saved, that you, too, might find that comfort in Christ.
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