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Happy are the Sad

February 21, 2016 Series: The Beatitudes

Topic: Those that mourn will be comforted Passage: Matthew 5:4

Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are they that mourn,” Jesus said, “for they shall be comforted.” What a strange and paradoxical statement. It falls upon our ears with an odd sound and creates within us a sense of bewilderment. We find ourselves groping for it’s meaning, even after long hours of meditation upon it. This morning as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount, we want to examine closely this Beatitude. It’s real meaning is deeper than at first glance.


I. What Jesus is not saying:

A. Blessed are the depressed.

B. Blessed are those who mourn out of _______ pity.

C. Blessed are those who suffer _________.

D. Blessed are those who grieve over the loss of a loved _________.

E. Blessed are those who mourn when their ________ and __________ are not satisfied.

F. Blessed are those who ___________.

G. Blessed are those who mourn when they get __________ and are ____________.

H. Blessed are those whose sorrow is external in ____________.

II. What Jesus is saying: “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

A. It’s Meaning:

1. The second Beatitude is closely related to the first and is its emotional expression.

2. This Beatitude is not the sorrow of bereavement but of _________________.

3. This sorrow is for specific _________, not just sins in general.

4. This sorrow leads to ______________.

B. It’s New Testament Counterpart: James 4:9-10

III. The Promise: “...they shall be comforted.”

Conclusion: Why do so few mourn today?

(This outline is provided to assist you in understanding and applying this morning’s message. Third in a series of messages on the Beatitudes. This message is available on line at www.MidvalleyBible.org MBC 2/21/2016)