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Meditations: SOTM10 Matt 5:4 (2)

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4 (ESV)

The second way of mourning which shall be comforted is that mourning which follows seeking the Saviour.

And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zech 12:10

Once broken by my sin and then comforted in my salvation – the cleansing of my sins by the blood of the loving dying Saviour – my heart breaks at the price of my salvation. Our salvation is so wonderful, but so terribly costly; our Saviour so precious but how unbearable that He suffered for me: that I sunk the crown of thorns into His skull, broke His flesh with the scourge, put Him on the cross, and caused all the wrath of God for all my sins to fall on His one soul.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 (ESV)

It is the single most wonderful and terrible fact in all the universe that He died for me: for my sins, for my brokenness, for my selfishness, for my rebellion. I put Him on the cross. It was me. How terrible, and how wonderful.

“he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3  He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;  and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken,  smitten by God, and afflicted. 5  But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,  and with his stripes we are healed. 6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way;  and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,  yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away…. although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; Isaiah 53:2-10 (ESV)

It is the most wonderful thing in the world to be loved so much by our loving dying Saviour that He would die for us though we were sinners; and it is the most terrible that the One Who so loved us should for His love, because we are so broken and corrupt, have to hang from nails in His hands for His love for us.

But in two things are we comforted. First:

For the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2 (ESV)

They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ” Zech 13:9 (ESV)

There is a prize for our precious Saviour of which He is so worthy.

Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Phil 2:6-11 (ESV)

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Rev 5:11-14 (ESV)

Forever and ever all will praise Him – even those not raised into heaven will lift up their voice from under the sea and give Him praise with a whole heart and we will all, every one, both unrepentant sinners and saved, devil and angels and all creatures from one end of the heavens to the other, declare that The Eternal Lamb is so worthy of all of our being, all our heart, all our soul – the He is worthy.

And the second comfort:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God…. Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Heb 12:1-2 & 13:12-16)

For the joy set before Him He suffered on the cross, and we have the privilege of bringing Him that joy. We have the privilege of sharing in the sufferings of Christ, enduring the reproach He endured, as we live to bring Him joy and glory, making His name known, doing good and sharing what we have though at a great cost because such sacrifices are pleasing to Him.

They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zech 13:9 (KJV)

This is a great joy to Him – the fruit of the harvest. Therefore, let us be comforted in giving ourselves as labourers in this great harvest which brings Him so much joy. Let us toil, yet not us but Christ in us, to please His heart with the fruit of lips that give Him praise, the songs of those who are saved.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4 (ESV)

 

Original date of work: 28 Jan 2011
By: J Goldberg 

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