Blessed are those mourning for they will be comforted.
The death, burial and resurrection of hope.
The Beatitudes begin and end with the Kingdom of God, it bookends them so that we will understand the context that they are applied in. This is important to understand as the concept of the Kingdom is at the heart of not only these blessings and their revolutionary message but is the sole premise at the heart of the Good News that Christ heralded.
Consider another section of scripture that we assume truth concerning; the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy KINGDOM come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Where is the Father? In Heaven.
What is the Father’s name? Holy.
Whose Father is he? Ours.
What then is our name?
What does His Kingdom need to do? Come.
Where does His Kingdom need to come? Where we are.
Why does His Kingdom need to come? So His will is done.
Where does His will need to be done? On this earth with us just like it’s done where He is.
What happens if His Kingdom does not come? His will is not done here.
So we understand that the Kingdom of God (His rule, his reign, his power, his authority, his economy and his government) seeks to be manifested on this earth through the citizens of that Kingdom, the Church.
We understand that in this Kingdom, the poor are empowered to prosper by reason of their citizenship and not their ancestry or bank accounts or credit ratings or connections.
Now in verse 4, he adds more to it. We find that those that mourn will be comforted. That’s a nice thought, right? It’s comforting to know that when we mourn, he says that we will be comforted.
The talking heads have used this verse mostly at funerals as a way to sell the idea that somewhere down the road, the plan of God will make sense. That’s assuring considering that it seldom does with the barrage of disinformation that we are inundated with. You know, God had to kill so and so because he wanted another flower for His garden.
That’s not what this verse addresses.
Let’s break it down:
Empowered to prosper are those grieving over a lost hope [pentheó] for they will have a legal advocate [paraklete] beside them to plead their case for them.
Hold up. That’s a totally different meaning than what you’ve read! Curiouser and curiouser.
Let’s get the meaning in context. In the Kingdom of God, those that are grieving over a lost hope are empowered to prosper because they will have an advocate who will come beside them to plead their case for them.
In the World System, a lost hope is just that, lost. There generally is no savior to rescue it. There is certainly few instances of someone in power pleading your case. Just like with the poor referenced in the previous verse, inside of the Kingdom there is hope for the hopeless.
We know that the Word states that hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12) and so many of us in Christ’s Church are slouching towards our finales with sick hearts. The world and life have taken their toll and we find ourselves left with little but broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams.
Friend, it does not need to be that way. When you think it’s too late for your hopes and dreams just remember that Lazarus was dead too. We find that in the real Gospel, Christ often comes to us at the point of our need and in the form of our need, presenting himself as the answer to that need.
The key to seeing hope come alive again?
Citizenship in the Kingdom and a life lived according to its principles rather than the dictates of the natural.