Everyone experiences grief, mourning and sorrow at some point in their lives. Those we hold most dear are taken, health problems befall us and persecution and blood shed abound. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the greatest of preachers, alludes to the ultimate root of why Christians are called to mourn – sin. Speaking directly to his children, he anchors mourning securely between blessedness and comfort. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Those who are poor in Spirit realize their spiritual bankruptcy and run to the only one who can save them, Jesus Christ. Out of love for our Lord and an understanding of our sin, we mourn over the multitude of sins we have committed and that still currently plague us. And yet in that mourning, God is there; not only to call his children to repentance and bless them with an imperishable inheritance but to comfort them with inexpressible joy and peace.
Ladd Lesh, Elder and Pastoral Intern
Joy Comes In The Mourning
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