Beyond the Weekend

July 9 | Comfort

July 9, 2021


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

Read: Matthew 5:4
Matthew 5


Jesus turns the cultural expectation of blessing completely around. The blessed life isn’t about having nothing to mourn. The blessed life of Jesus’s kingdom acknowledges the need to mourn sin and knowing there will be comfort. Jesus says those who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted through his death in our place, and life in his future Kingdom. The kingdom life is experiencing God’s comfort for eternity (Revelation 21:1-4).

When we accept Jesus’s death in our place, his comfort is overwhelming. (1) We are purified. We are hidden in Christ, and God sees us as flawless as God sees his son (Colossians 3:3-4). (2) We are empowered. God indwells us with the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live God-honoring lives (Acts 1:8). (3) We are adopted. Receiving Jesus makes us God’s children—secure and loved (John 1:12). (4) We are reconciled. We are restored to a full relationship with God and will abide in God’s kingdom forever (Romans 5:9-10).

Jesus’ definition of blessing is backward from the world that defines blessing as having more, bigger and better things. Jesus says we find deep happiness, purpose and satisfaction from living life with God, and this life is available to anyone. Those who recognize their spiritual poverty and mourn their sin find life in Jesus is a life of real blessing.


Watch and listen to the Ada Worship praise God through the song, “No Longer Slaves.” Let the words, “I am a child of God” give you comfort.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 2.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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