January 10, 2008

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

The shortest sentence in the Bible is 'Jesus wept' which is found in John 11.

Why did Jesus cry? His friend Lazarus had died a few days earlier but unbeknown to those around him, Jesus was going to raise Lazarus back to life, so why the tears?

It is my opinion that when the Lord saw the sisters and the friends of Lazarus mourning and weeping, their pain broke Jesus' heart.

Mary was Lazarus' sister and it says, " When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled."

Paul wrote in Romans 12, "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."

Like Jesus, may we each be compassionate to those around us as we pray with tears and thanksgiving knowing they will be comforted.


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.

8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10Blessed 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.


Psalm 126

1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

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