Sermon On The Mount #4

Blessed Are They Who Mourn

(Matthew 5:4)


A. We are studying the Sermon on the Mount

1. The greatest single collection of the thoughts and
teachings of Jesus

2. Our Lord begins with what we know as the beatitudes,
which shows us  some important things about faith:

a. The beginning of faith

b. The growth or development of faith

c. The maturing of faith

d. The proving or testing of faith

3. Last week we discussed “blessed are the poor in spirit”

a. Basically, it is the idea is humility

b. The attitude that causes a person to see himself in
relation to God, responding by simply falling at God’s

c. It is the attitude of the man who knows he is nothing
without God

B. Keep in mind throughout the study of the beatitudes that
we’re talking about faith

1. If you want to be a person of faith, the beatitudes are a
primer, a basic, fundamental guide to the life of faith

2. Remember Habakkuk 2:4

C. The second beatitude is another part of that which must be
present for faith to begin, to take root in a person’s heart

1. Matthew 5:4

2. It is another statement of Jesus that sounds unappealing, at

3. Yet it is essential to faith

4. Let us now begin to define and explain what this means
and  how to use it in our own lives



1. It is fair to say that there are different kinds of

a. Natural mourning or sorrow

1) Experienced by everyone at one point or another in

2) Genesis 23:2

3) Natural sorrow is part of the healing process when we
suffer devastating loss or pain

b. There is an unnatural sorrow or mourning

1) It is unnatural because it has the opposite effect from
what God designed mourning to accomplish

2) Unnatural sorrow is destructive rather than healing,
and prevents a person from learning how to cope with
the loss or pain of life

3) 2 Samuel 18:33

4) This is unnatural because it does not reflect either the
rebellion of Absalom or the risk of David’s comrades in
fighting for him

c. Then there is the kind of mourning Jesus had in
mind in Matthew 5:4

1) May we at least say that it is not a mourning
associated with the normal losses and pains of life

2) If that were what He meant, Jesus would have no need
to bring it up because all suffer from that kind of

3) It is obvious that here he has a spiritual mourning in

4) Whatever it is, it is something that goes beyond the
normal experience of emotion

2. It is also fair to say that the one who mourns does so in
connection to also being poor in spirit

a. Poor in spirit has to do with the realization of God and
having that awareness to simply lay at His feet

b. Without the attitude of poor in spirit, there is not reason
to mourn

c. Mourning has something to do with what one discovers
about himself in contrast to God

3. When a person finally gets a clear look at himself in
contrast to God, there is one thing that stands out
above all else:

a. That God is a high and holy God, set apart in
righteousness, majesty, power and wonder

b. Man is feeble, lowly, and most of all, marred by sin

4. Consider some notable responses once man realizes
this truth…

a. Isaiah 6:1-3

b. Job 42:5-6

c. Daniel 9:4-8

5. What is it, specifically, that is the cause of such
mourning? Two things:

a. One’s own personal sin – for that is what separates
him from this wonderful God

1) Luke 16:15

2) Isaiah 59:1-2

3) Romans 6:23

b. It is also a mourning because of the state of the whole
world because of sin

1) What applies to each of us individually in regard to sin
is multiplied by the thousands and millions of us all
who share in the guilt of that sin before God

2) Anyone who sees the true condition of the himself and
the world is forced to experience the tremendous
burden of loss and pain – suffering a terrible state of


1. There is no verse that tells us that Jesus laughed

a. It does tell us that Jesus was a man who understood the
serious nature of His mission and the state of the world

1) Isaiah 53:3-4

2) John 11:33-35

3) Luke 19:41-44

b. If Jesus was a man of sorrows because of grief over the
sins of the world, then how much more should we sorrow
who bear the guilt of the sins

2. Remember, it was to provide forgiveness from sin that
Jesus died on the cross

a. Acts 5:31

b. Ephesians 1:7


1. This ability to mourn is part of the beginning of faith

a. It causes us to face honestly our condition and stand
with God

b. It is a response to our inability to do anything on our
own about sin

c. It is the proper response of shame and revulsion because
of sin

d. It creates in us desire for God’s help

2. This sorrow or mourning is designed to produce a faith

a. First, it causes us to acknowledge the reality of sin –

1) James 5:16

2) 1 John 1:9-10

b. Second, it causes us to repent of our sins

1) 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

2) Sorrow is not repentance, but it produces

c. Thus, mourning over sin is a sorrow that enables us to
acknowledge our sin by confessing it, and to repent of
our sin by turning away from it


A. When is the last time you sorrowed over the situation of the

B. When is the last time you sorrowed over your own sins?

C. Only those who mourn are in touch with the reality of sin
and its destructive force in their lives

D. Mourners are ready for a solution to sin – open to God –
open to Jesus


About from the Preachers PC

Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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