Yes, mourning is part of our Christian Life. Even though we do not like to, we need to understand that it will be with us throughout our life in this side of heaven. In the past articles we saw that we will mourn for ourselves and for the church.
Today we will learn one more group of people that we should mourn for, the lost.
3 – WE MOURN FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOST
The last reason to mourn is for those who are lost. Sometimes we have a different attitude toward them. We do not like them, we reject them, because they do not believe in what we believe, nor do they live in the way that we think they should. But the Bible is clear when it tells us that we should mourn for them, because they are lost.
A – Jesus and Jerusalem – In Matthew 23 we find Jesus mourning and crying for Jerusalem, and the reason is that they would not believe in Him.
“Matt. 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”
This was a demonstration of His love and desire for them to repent and believe. We should have the same attitude toward people who do not have Christ and are lost, walking under condemnation.
B – Paul and the Jews – We have the same attitude with Paul and his brothers and sisters from the nation of Israel.
In Romans 9 we find this text:
“Rom. 9:1-3 I speak the truth in Christ — I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit — I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race,”
Paul goes to the extreme to say that he would prefer being cursed so they would be saved. It was that intense desire that made him become the Apostle of the gentiles. The church today should have that kind of mourning for the lost, those who do not know Christ, and do not have hope and salvation.
Jesus said that those who mourn would be comforted. They will receive consolation.
A – It is a Comfort from God – Our God is a God of all comfort. He knows how to comfort us.
“2Cor. 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,”
B – The Spirit is the Comforter sent by Jesus – Jesus told the disciples that He would send another Counselor.
“John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever —”
The Spirit is the comforter from God in our hearts when we mourn for the right reasons.
C – This Encouragement is Eternal – In the Thessalonians letter Paul tells us that this comfort from God is by grace and it is eternal. It is not something that depends on circumstances of life.
“2Th. 2:16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,”
D – It will be with us until we reach the Heaven – In the book of Revelation John saw that God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
“Rev. 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Those who mourn will finally be comforted once and for all, by God Himself.
Have a blessed week,