Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Question: How did Jesus teach and live this Beatitude?
Answer: Long before Jesus came on the scene, the prophet Isaiah described the mission of the promised Messiah, the Christ which Jesus later represented:
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; . . . he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted . . . to
comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for
ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61)
But Isaiah also wrote: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; . . . he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” (Isaiah 53) This describes Jesus, the man. Mary Baker Eddy agreed:
“The constant spectacle of sin thrust upon the pure sense of the immaculate Jesus made him a man of sorrows.” (‘02 18)
Note that the sorrows of Jesus were not for his own sins, but those around him. The mission of Christ was to save us from sin. From the very beginning Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4) And, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matthew 9)
Mrs. Eddy tells us: “The great Galilean Prophet was, is, the reformer of reformers.” (My 288)
Further Study: Can you find a story about Jesus, in which he healed someone, and then told them to “sin no more.”
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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