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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 14

ABCs of Christmas (M) – Matthew 5:4

What causes you to mourn?

The “M” of Christmas is Mourn. It is very common during this season of the year to hear people greeting each other with the words “Merry Christmas.” However, the Lord said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

There is a part of the Christmas story that is seldom mentioned, but it definitely should be included. When the Wise Men went to Jerusalem seeking the newborn “King of the Jews,” King Herod determined to kill Him. All he knew was that He had been born in Bethlehem, so he sent soldiers there to kill all boy babies “two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men” (Matthew 2:16).

This action fulfilled a prophecy that was recorded in Jeremiah 31:15. “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping [mourning], Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not” (Matthew 2:18).

This incident was just the beginning of those who have mourned because of the Messiah. Mary and Joseph must have had many emotions as they heard angels and other people praising the birth of the Messiah. They evidently knew that He would be the Savior, but they may not have comprehended that He would have to die in order to accomplish this.

Mary must have mourned as she saw Him despised and rejected by many as He began His ministry. No one can imagine how much she mourned as He was crucified, but this was God’s plan for the redemption of mankind.

Early in His ministry Jesus said, “Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep” (Luke 6:25). It is fine to wish other people “Merry Christmas” and be joyful. It is also very appropriate to mourn for those who do not know the Lord as their Savior and also for those who know about Him but will not believe in Him.