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Blessed Are the Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”. - Matthew 5:5

When we first began this sermon series on the opening to the Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of Matthew, this verse stood out to me. In the introduction sermon, I admitted that I don’t get how meek can be something God calls blessed. After the sermon, a friend of mine came up to me and agreed. 

“I’m not sure how it is possible to make that one make sense,” he confided. 

So much of our lives seem to be fighting for the opposite of meekness. We strive for respect, safety, power, and the right to a voice. Weakness and passivity are the road to failure in business, in relationships, in parenting, in self-esteem, in just about everything.

But what if meekness was not about lack of respect, safety, power, or voice? What if meekness was simply the absence of fighting for these things? What if the meek that are blessed are those who do not need to fight because they trust their blessedness… their inheritance is in God’s hands?

All the sudden, meekness is not to be avoided. It is the life where there is freedom from the need to control or prove things. It is the life of freedom to partner with God. The meek are not worried about grabbing their part of the earth because they are already assured of their inheritance of the whole thing in God. The meek are free and flexible to find and pursue God each step of the way.

Put that way, the meek in Christ are among the most blessed.

Jesus, we confess the ways we are bent toward pride and power and greed as ways of being secure. These words on meekness challenge the very core of this. Help us to begin to see the ways that we are already secure in you. Thus freed, show us how to be both blessed and a blessing in the freedom of meekness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."  - Matthew 5:4

Knowing Jesus should make you cry more often. That is not always what we expect. Instead, we expect that Jesus will give us joy (John 15:11) and wipe the tears from our eyes (Rev. 21:4). We prefer those promises because we don’t particularly like crying.

But here’s the thing, when we come to know Jesus, we get a glimpse of love, grace, righteousness, and peace. Knowing these things means that we also recognize their absence in our world. So, when we witness oppression or hunger or abuse or even death, we are aware that it doesn’t have to be this way. The only proper response to this is to grieve as we look to Jesus in prayer. The good news is that in the midst of our grief we are given hope because we already know the love, grace, righteousness, and peace of Jesus. So, we are comforted.

But there is still more reason to cry. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul tells us to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). In essence he is telling us not to hoard the comfort of Jesus to ourselves. Instead, we are to recognize that the places we see brokenness around us, we are to join in. We are to come alongside of the people around us. Our tears and our prayers bring to them the comfort of Christ.

So, do not be afraid to weep. Allow your tears to bear the comfort of Christ.

Dear Jesus, open our eyes to the world around us. Let our hearts be broken by the lack of your touch. Let our tears bear your comfort both to our own soul and to those of others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.