Hope for the Broken
September 26, 2021
Series: Hope Is Here Topic: Hope for the Broken
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-11
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:1-11)
- God expects me to lament/mourn from time to time
- Lamentation is beneficial to my health
- God wants me to express my pain/pressures to Him and to others
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. (Psalm 32:3)
I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse. (Psalm 39:2)
How God helps us in our brokenness:
- God draws close to us, and draws us close to Himself
…“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)
- God empathizes and grieves with us
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” (John 11:33-36)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3)
- God ministers healing to us through members of His Body (the church)
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another… 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor… 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:5,10,15)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1Thessalonians 5:11)
- God uses pain and pressure to transform us
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. 4 Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. (Isaiah 43:1-4)
- God uses our pain to minister to others
4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
You do not have, because you do not ask. (James 4:2)