The Bliss of the Broken Heart (Matthew 5:4-6)

This Sunday, Pastor Wing So continued his series on the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew5_4In our modern culture, tears are generally considered a sign of weakness. But in the Bible, tears are a very normal part of our emotional life. John 11:35 tells us that "Jesus wept." Jesus was not ashamed of his tears and had a deep and rich emotional life.

In Matthew 5:4, Jesus says "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." This is a strong emotional word in the Greek, the feeling of loss when someone dies. What kind of mourning may Jesus be referring to?

Two things we mourn as Christians are our sin and the suffering in this world.. We are in deep spiritual poverty. Our sins have separated us from God and when we truly have deep sorrow over that, it opens the way for repentance and salvation. Also, there is a lot of suffering in this world. We must not harden our hearts toward it, but have the compassion of Christ. It is only when we truly mourn, that we can truly receive the wonderful promise of comfort.

In Matthew 5:5, Jesus says "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." The word "meek" in Greek was used for describing domesticated animals who obeyed commands. It also meant to have a soothing effect on those around you. It did not mean "spineless" or "weak," the way we think about the word today. The promise for those who are meek is that they will inherit the earth. Jesus did not come with military force to establish His kingdom. But with meekness, He submitted to the cross and that had the power to defeat Satan and establish an eternal kingdom.

In Matthew 5:6, Jesus says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled."  It is only those who know true hunger, who are starving, who can know the true bliss of being fully satisfied. In the same way that salt water cannot quench thirst, the things of this world will never be able to satisfy us. Only the Word of God can fully satisfy us.

In these 3 beatitudes, Jesus encouraged his listeners they would be comforted, they would inherit the earth and that they would be fully satisfied if their longings were centered in Him.