Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
To have a joyful life you must see with your heart. The heart sees in the Spirit, whereas the physical eyes see only in the flesh. The heart sees beyond this life into eternal life and thus has a future and a hope, and if your hope is limited to this life only, you are the most pitiable of men.
I have made everything beautiful in its time. I also set eternity in each person’s heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11. I put eternity in your heart. To see it, you have to see with your heart. And by heart, I mean your spirit, the inner man of the heart.
This call of eternity in the heart is why every nation made up some kind of god, though they did not know Me, the heart knows there is something more to life than just you and just the here and now. But no one ever has invented a god like Me, no other god man thought up and imagined did they ever envision as a god of comfort, of unconditional love who is Love, and who would take on their sins and remove them from each one of them and give them a Kingdom like My Kingdom where they would rule and reign with Me.
As we study the teaching of My Son known as the “Sermon on the Mount,” in the context of seeing with the heart, the next of the short sayings that connect you to Kingdom living, known as the “Beatitudes,” is “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4. I am the God of all comfort.
In Heaven there is no mourning, crying, or pain. Revelation 21:4. How come? Jesus told you, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Mourning has to do with death, the death of a person, the death of a dream, the death of relationship, the death of your health, and/or the death of your wealth. It is grief over something that is gone out of your life. Martha and Mary were mourning over the death of their brother Lazarus, what brought them comfort? The resurrection and the life. Jesus said to Martha as she lamented her brother’s death, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:23-26. And He showed them My glory (goodness, presence and power) as they had faith for it.
What gave Jairus comfort and hope when he got the report his little daughter had died? The resurrection and the life. Jesus. And she was raised up to finish her life on earth. The glory had come to his house. Salvation (Yeshuah) had come to his house. The resurrection and the life had come to his house. And with Him came the Holy Spirit who gives life to your mortal bodies and raises you up to new life in the spirit.
What gave the widow at Naim comfort as she mourned her dead son? The resurrection and the life. Jesus came by and she would never be the same, or her raised son either. The glory had visited her life and that of her son. And you will all be glorified in Him. He is your wisdom, your righteousness, your sanctification, and your redemption. And if that doesn’t comfort you I do not know what will.
David sang, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Psalm 32:10-11. And what turned his mourning into dancing? “I cried to You for help, and You healed me. O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.” Psalm 32:10-11. He was healed and brought up from hell and from the death of his dreams. And how long did he say he would give thanks? Forever. Eternity comforted him.
And even when a loved one departs from this life, for those who believe and die in Jesus there should be no mourning. Why? The resurrection and the life. “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive [n]and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
For those who believe death has no sting. Jesus tasted death for you, that is the death of the damned, so that you who are in Him will never have to do so. The death of the believer I call “sleep,” for you sleep in death and wake up in My presence where there is fullness of joy. And you are no more aware of death than when you are of falling asleep in the dark of night and waking in the morning light. The difference is the marvelous way you will feel, no pain, no shame, no sadness—only joy unspeakable filled with glory as you come with Jesus into My glory. You experience the delights at My right hand forever.
Jesus’ mission was set forth in Isaiah chapter 61, and if you continue on from where He stopped you will read, “To comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:2-3.
As a prisoner for preaching the gospel, My apostle Paul explained his attitude towards death, and it was not one of mourning, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.” Philippians 1:22-26. He was not trying to avoid death, he said it was the far better thing to depart this life and be with Jesus. But he did not want to depart until he got his race completed and got his full reward.
“For none of us lives to himself alone, and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this reason Christ died and returned to life, that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” Romans 14:7-9.
And in My prophet Ezekiel, you see another kind of mourning. Ezekiel 9:4. Those who mourn over the devil’s work in people and in governments and leaders in the world. Who mourn over injustice, evil, and the violation of My laws which destroys those whom Jesus died to save because they have not received so great a salvation. They hunger and thirst for righteousness. They love those I have made and mourn over seeing their minds blinded by Satan and how they are destroying themselves, others, and the beautiful earth I gave you. Those deceived and duped by the devil so that they are not receiving the glory into their hearts. I tell you that those mourners will be marked by My Son with His sign, the Tav, the cross, on their foreheads and will be saved from the wrath to come on those who have destroyed themselves, others, and the earth and have not repented no matter how often I called to them and knocked at their heart. I sent laborers in their path to witness and gave them so many proofs of My love but they would not come to Me. But I long to gather you all to Me as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but so many refuse Me.
I love you and I am the God of tender mercies and of all comfort. Let Me wipe every tear from your eyes and shield you under My wings, My angelic host. I have given you the victory in Christ Jesus, who is the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. Let that comfort you for all are alive to Me. Your dreams are not dead and your relationships can be put together again. Nothing is impossible with Me and all things are possible to those who believe that. And if any dreams go unperformed, you still have the millennium to live them out. A thousand years with Christ reigning and the devil locked in the abyss will give you plenty of time. And you will be in your glorified body. Think about that. I have many dreams of what I have planned for you in eternity when My heavenly Jerusalem joins with the new heavens and the new earth. You should be very excited to see all that is in store for you. Take comfort, there are things beyond all you can ask or think coming your way if you just stay faithful.
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.