KMC Lenten Journey

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Week 2 …Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted…
When we hear this verse, it’s our natural inclination for the criers to feel vindicated and the sufferers to feel convicted; you know who you are…

But the Kingdom of God is not for the outwardly, emotionally expressive population of the world; no it’s diving much deeper than the exterior emotion Jesus reaches into the soul of man. 

The best image of this and likely the source of this reflection is the story of Isaiah commissioning in Isaiah 6 as he has a vision of entering into the presence of the most high God the Holy of Holies and recalls this scene:

Isaiah 6:5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Isaiah 6:6-7 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. Isaiah 6:7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

Isaiah 6:9 And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”Do you see the mourning and the comfort? Though you may have heard it preached this way, Jesus is not imagining a sad child who has broken his favorite toy and the parent comforting his tears as he curls up on their lap.

A sweet image for sure and great fodder for a sermon, but Jesus is calling out a key characteristic of a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is one who cries out “Woe is me!” One who recognizes their position in relation to the holy God, who mourns for past sin and recognizes the weight of their guilt. 

And how does Jesus comfort? He meets us with a righteous pride, touches our lips, removes our guilt, and atones for our sin through the cross. 
Friends, we must shrug off the “oh well… there’s always grace” attitude toward sin. If we truly despise sin in our lives, we should mourn its effect on us and run to the Father; that our lips may be touched and we may be comforted by his boundless mercy.
Hey Friends! is a weekly devotional from your Missions Pastor Clint Wyllie. If you have a question or a comment, Clint would love to hear from you.Email Clint at clint.wyllie@kingwoodmethodist.org

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