"Blessed are those who mourn"
And turn turn turn which leaving died as they were singing. This song right here right out of crazy ass is for everything. There is a season a time and a time for every
sorry about that matter under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die a time to plant a time to pluck out when it's planted. A Time to Kill and a time to heal a time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh a time to mourn and a time to dance a time to Cast Away stones and a time to gather Stones together a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. He apologized up. I have time to seek and a time to lose a time to keep and a time to Cast Away. a time to tear and a time to sow a time to keep silence and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate a time for war and a Time For Peace at forces from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1 through 8, and there will be a time when we had a church family must go to various Seasons right now. We're currently going through one season pass your oil changed and I'm really big cuz you want to go on the right past that God has for you. And so there seasons in our lives that we go through just like we have the fall summer spring winter and I know many of us are going to be excited when Winter's over who had too much winter seems like But there will be that time or we just go through these various seasons and Corso when we lose a loved one. That's that's even harder because
no one wants to be walking around. Refrain refreshing thought basically whenever we lose someone close to us in our lives that matter to us or like why Jesus why this why now? SharePoint designer like I can it be me instead of them. There are seasons of girls. There are seasons of pain and we all must experience as we work some of these out as in last month. I started a new series Over The Sermon on the Mount as we just looked through we're on the second part of The Sermon on the Mount where Jesus is speaking to his closest followers those who have fallen from far and wide and to be close to him.
Now there's times when the way of course need a shoulder to cry on we need someone there that in times of trouble. Maybe we were confused. And just trying to move on. and when my father passed away is very difficult to move on, but I know we had to As we look out at Roman Gardens, we think of all those that we loved and cherished so much that meant so much to us. They represent all sorts of families. as a we ourselves did not want to let him go. And we would more than like anything want to hold them closer to us than we ever could. This may be a difficult time for you and some memories of loved ones that you have known and cherish, especially when anniversaries turn off when on the eve of a passing, you know, my dad has been gone for I would say by Eva 11 years now, I think 11 years. I still remember those times. I had we had together after his passing and just just like I stated that we would want to have those moments back. But here's a good thing. They're up there with Jesus said there's no pain for them. There's no sorrow. They're not having to suffer anymore. The sermon hear The Sermon on the Mount is filled with lots of questions and even bullet points to help others understand what Jesus is saying. And Jesus describes characteristics of who he is to his closest followers. And as I'm after today you think that I would be speaking at a funeral because that's just this is one of the sermons I had. Although it's not one of those Every Day sermons that gets you pumped up. I guess what when Jesus Comforts us like no one else can he is at peace of mind. You just feel peace and no nothing wants to bother you cuz you got that comforter that Jesus is with you to the very end. In the fantasy show. Do you have a funeral or a hearse taking a U-Haul trailer for that what that represents is someone who wants to carry all my worldly possessions with them out. With him when they die, or when we came into this world we came in with with nothing. So I guess what we're also going to be leaving with nothing. add this passage that we're studying today and is found in Matthew chapter 5 verses 4. And it says blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted? the meaning to mourn
In this passage has several different meanings which were going to be talking about in some passages of scripture says that we are mourning over seeing him with the Sands of the nation and especially with the the recent bills Center main pass and the abortion being the big one that's coming up in all the states now that just mourning over the fact that why would people want to do this
We have the sorrow of repentance that we don't. we when we go and see guide for Lisa matters that we know we have no control over. Find God through God and repentance for the nation. And these people just failure to give God the proper Glory where glory is due. And during this time churches come together to repent for the sins of this world. We are human. We all make mistakes. And no one is perfect except for the Father in heaven. the Beatitudes built upon one another Matt says that if we if we are humble and appreciate all of our gifts. All right, get some blessings come from God we grow in love and gratitude for Jesus Christ Our Savior. Now this can only produce morning and regret over our own sins. fat ass end of the world We cry on pain and sorrow that we want these matters to change. We want Congress to make the right decisions in the past right bills that are good for the nation and we have seen where the church then Nation overall has gone so far from the truth of the matter, which is a Gospel of Jesus Christ. That church I was raised in growing up was a Praying shirts. The church would spend time praying for the community and over the next Generation because they're going to be the ones who are going to take the next threshold. They're going to be the ones to make these laws and regulations of common. Fatso praying for the Nova Center upcoming in this generation
fat maybe so they want to make mistakes. Maybe you made in the past. Although we learn to our history books at history. Does Tenten repeat itself more times and anyting and we know that God is in the midst of every decision every prayer and I went out there. We recently saw in several countries saying in earlier this week that Haiti and El Salvador Nicaragua countries that we had missionaries in the Wesleyan Church. I actually had to pull those missionaries and get them away from those dangerous because the country and is erupted into a protest of some nature and it breaks my heart when I always see on the news right now is just all the bad stuff and we don't see any of the good stuff that's out there and what people is doing But it is our responsibility as a Christian believer to see God's forgiveness over the land over generational curses over our households praying over our family.
Today more than anything we must take back. But Satan has taken away from us growing up. I went to church every chance I could and but now we see in a generation that kids are not attending church. Like they like they did maybe we went when they were younger. They gone away the world says that they need to live this way. That's it and not come to church, but we need a prayed. pray for our family or friends those who have gone so far away from the Lord and everything that they God has been working to working in your family's lives.
I want to take you to a very familiar story that has Mary Martha and Lazarus. You were very close to Jesus more than a brother and a sister relationship. They were like family. And as I was going to try to put it out there, but nothing right now their computer issues. So we're not going to mess with it. It is also involved with him as well and Jesus Comforts and the sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. So you can follow along even in your Bible John chapter 11 verses 17 through 37. Jesus Comforts conference the sister of Lazarus on his arrival Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tune for four days. Now Bethany Which is less than 2 miles from Jerusalem many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them and their loss of their brother when Martha her that Jesus was coming. She went out to meet him, but married stay-at-home Lord Martha said to Jesus if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know maybe even now God will give you whatever you ask. Jesus said to her. Your brother will rise again as I answered. I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her I am the resurrection and the life the one who believes in me will live and though they die and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Yes, Lord, Sear flying, I believe if you are the Messiah the Son of God who is to come into the world and after she had said this. She went back and called her sister and Mariah sign the teachers here she saying and is asking for you when Mary heard this she got up quickly and went to him now. Jesus had not yet enter the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been was Mary in the house went out. They followed her supposed to she was going to the tune to mourn their. When Mary reach the place where Jesus was and saw him she fell at his feet Lord. If you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw her weaving the Jews who had come along with her or also weeping. He was deeply moved in spirit in trouble and he asked where have you laid him? Come and see Lord. They are find Jesus wept then that you said see how he loved him. But some of them saying could not he he open the blinds blind man have kept this man from Diane. now miss rains of several interesting points and one question is that has there ever been a time when you ever doubted God I know for myself. There's been times. I'm like why God why this we don't see the whole picture but God knows the whole pictures he knows what's before, you know, that's good for us. But this time Lazarus had been dancing for 4 days and they have witness him healing the blind. Play witness him. They will witness him raising the dead and Lazarus, but When what what amount of time that you constantly ask for prayer for? When you constantly praying for an answer for days yet, it felt like God God hears your prayers last week Festival actually hit on a good point when a man who is lamed for 38 years waiting for someone to help them to enter into the pool. Jesus came by and was still able to help him 38 years later the man waited, but no one else couldn't get him where he needed to be. Today the similar passage and and John chapter 11 verses 17 through 37 Lazarus had already been in the Tomb for 4 days. The proper burial for a Jew was a have a family and I put incense on the body as assigned to protect protect from evil spirits, which is a Bernie a custom for Jewish traditions. Before having a funeral on TV place in the team and when I think of the Tomb I think of more about almost like a mausoleum because it's in close in something the team's Maxine were they would cut open a cave or actually make a cave and they would put the body in there. They didn't really put a body under the ground. But when Jesus got closest Jerusalem in a small town called Bethany Martha knew the journey was not far off. So she started out. She had those I were visiting her follow her money out what she hadn't to the tomb but little did they know she went and met Jesus. And again, she did the exact same thing without Martha's knowledge of what was going on or Mary. She also came up and I just started making accusations that Jesus if you had been here if you had been here, he would have been fine. But Jesus the same person who turned water into wine made the lame walk the deaf hear the blind see but cannot understand why Lazarus had to die while others who are healed. And our Ensign reactions right away, when were mad at something or someone is so go show your anger out because you didn't want the situation to happen. And while Lazarus was in the Tomb for 4 days. She was upset. She was angry. She did not understand why he had to die. Jesus could have instantly kill him. But he also had to show on that. She's yours and on his time and first of all. But Mary and Martha were grieving these last four days. But when they found out Jesus nearby that you ran Martha Martha got up right away and went to see Jesus while Mary in the running to Jesus. However, just because it was right does not mean I was a little ride and saying that if he had been here cuz she witnessed a lot of stuff that Jesus had done but that doesn't mean it was right and Jesus would have filled on his timing. So we can Jesus acting Jesus would have acted simply because someone asked him to Jesus does it on his own time and not according to ours and after Martha realize that she spoke kind of desperation. Hurting and change real quickly to realize that God will do it when he says he'll do it. Jesus and Martha talked about the resurrection. She knew one day. She she'll see us again. And Jesus was just comforting her reassuring her. That she is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the father except through him. Martha was a meeting Jesus. Then Mary was called and she ran right away. She got there quickly dropped everything. That's when the other people started following her. Then I can just like Mary start a magazine. Jesus always going on our scanners better understand and fishery see and his only Jesus. He's a whole picture. He knows a picture and one day we will see that see this is what Jesus really meant. This is Mary and Martha. I realized after Talking Angela and talking to Jesus who could have killed Lazarus rising in there. But inside he showed them another great miracle that only Jesus could do and this is the only besides Jesus coming back from the dead rising. Lazarus was the only other person now is able to walk out of the team. And after being the doctors and everyone declared Lazarus dead. But the last two science that we know about Jesus in the first said he wants to be taken to see Lazarus for himself. Because Lazarus is like his best friend his his body. They hung out together. I'm sure and he spend time with me Mary and Martha. So they understood him very well.
And the shortest verse of the Bible which is anyone can really memorize the scripture. Is that Jesus Weeps? And somebody that shows that knowing Jesus care he comforted he understood the pain that was going on because he was human too and yet he was still gone.
Today, I'm not sure where you are with your walk with Christ. Jesus said that he would never leave nor forsake you and today we learn about how Jesus went to comfort Mary and Martha during the loss of their brother when your heart is sad so is Jesus he understands what you're going through the way we we received this peace in our lives is by simply talking to God, but doing more than just More listening than anything else understands and he hears pain as I stated before night. He said that he will never leave you will never forsake you Alpha the Omega the beginning in the end. If you don't know this Jesus that we serve this money gone, who did is Lazarus from the dead after 4 days. And of course on Resurrection Day, which you celebrate Easter is after 3 days Jesus coming back in the train time many many people. And there are several people that did doubt him. Thomas was one of them that he actually had to see let me see your piercings. So Jesus selling the piercings in his arm and his side where the spear went in and also his legs and he Thomas had to feel to make sure that he wasn't just seeing things.
Today, we just a story about Mary and Martha Brae close to Jesus who love them and he understood them. and make This is Francis story of Jesus at those who mourn they will be comforted. No matter what we'll be there around all times and at this time have people been our final song and I'll have to say that Benedict, but if you need to pray everything.