Daily Archives: June 11, 2018
This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
Mourning for the Lost | Becky Newman
Jesus is always the best example to follow. He’s just been given the praise and worship he deserves as he rides into Jerusalem, but instead of taking it all in and basking in it, like I would have, he immediately turns his focus on the reason he is there. Luke 19:41 in the context of the second beatitude — blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted — shows us what Jesus mourned. His mourning was not for someone who died but for those who will die not knowing him. It was not the type of mourning that would go away with time. His mourning was for the lost people in what should have been the most holy city in the whole world since that was where God chose for His temple to be. Verse 42 says he was sad because the people didn’t know what would bring them peace, that he was riding into the city on a donkey right there and then, fulfilling Messianic prophecy right and left, that salvation was right in front of their face, yet it was hidden by their stubborn ways and independence from God.
As the Holy Spirit transforms me into a new creation, You will give me a heart for the lost, sadness for those from whom You are hidden because they’re so distracted and focused on this world that they can’t see You in everything You created. This mourning should never stop me from doing what You have called me to do. Instead, it should drive me to persevere on, just as Jesus did all the way to the cross.
Lord, create in me a heart for the lost. For those I know who are lost, may they start to see Your light little by little until they can’t hide from You any longer, and help me do what You will for them to guide them to Your arms.
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