Those Who Mourn

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:4, Matthew 27:45-54 & Matthew 28:1-10

Who doesn’t want to be happy and have a good time? We all do! Yet according to Jesus that’s not the way to blessedness. “Blessed are those who mourn,” he says, “for they shall be comforted.” In Luke’s version of this Beatitude, Jesus excludes from blessedness those who are happy in the present world. “Woe to you who laugh now,” he says in Luke 6:25, “for you shall mourn and weep.” Everything we do, every career, every marriage, every hobby is aimed at happiness, and most advertising promises happiness in some form or another. Yet Jesus says the lucky ones are those who are sad. Why? What does he mean? Read full sermon here (PDF)