“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
I remember years ago a pastor told the youth group, “You can tell a lot about a person by the books they read, the company they keep, and the jokes they laugh at.” Does it bother you when TV shows make fun of Jesus? What about tasteless jokes, do they upset you?
What if we saw these jokes as God sees them? What if we saw these jokes as blasphemous and sinful? You may be asking, “Aren’t you being a little oversensitive, can’t you have just a little fun?” What if you saw these sinful jokes as the nails that put Jesus on the cross?
Not too long ago I met a women whose son committed suicide. He ended His life with a gun. Today this mother doesn’t talk about guns, she doesn’t own a gun, and the “funniest” joke about a gun would utterly offend her. Any time she sees a gun she associates it with the death of her son.
What would happen if we saw sin in the same way as that mother sees guns? Blessed are those who mourn because they realize the true nature of their sinful condition. They understand the grave nature of their sin. They realize it is sin that causes separation and death. It seems appropriate now to mourn over sin.
However, those who mourn will be comforted! Jesus truly has paid the great price, the debt we could have never been able to pay on our own. Yes our sin has left us in poverty, but God’s grace gives us reason to have comfort.