They Mourned

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Without question God gives His people comfort in time of pain and sorrow (such as a death), but the context leads us to believe it’s more than the death of a loved one.

Jesus Himself was called a “man of sorrows,” so what did He mourn over?

He mourned over the state of the Israelites. Isaiah 53

He mourned over the loss of a friend, Lazarus. John 11

Jesus wept over Jerusalem: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” Luke 13:34 and Luke 19:41

Jesus wept in prayer: “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” Hebrews 5:7

Many Old Testament prophets wept over the state of affairs regarding Israel. Jeremiah comes to mind before he set out to rebuild the wall. He also wept over Israel’s wickedness. Jeremiah 12:1-4

When was the last time we as Believers wept and mourned over the sins of our nation, over Israel, over the state of the Church?

What kind of crisis or event would it take for us to do that?

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