Those Who Mourn

Teaching Notes

The Way Back Home | Part 3



“Whatever our grief is, it’s not really about grief but about change. The changes we didn’t want to happen.”

-David Kessler


“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4

Mourn = πενθέω “pentheó"

“It is defined as the kind of grief which takes such a hold that it cannot be hidden. It is not only the sorrow which brings an ache to the heart; it is the sorrow which brings the unrestrainable tears to the eyes”

-William Barclay

“It is how we respond to loss that matters. That response will largely determine the quality, the direction and the impact of our lives”

-Jerry Sittser


Is it possible to live in and even be enlarged by loss, even as we continue to experience it?


3 Griefs of Jesus

1. Jesus mourned ________(John 11:35)

  • _________ grows

2. Jesus mourned ________________________ (Luke 19:41-44)

  • __________ grows

3. Jesus mourned _______________________ (Matthew 26:38)

  • _________ grows

“A Jesus that never wept could never wipe away my tears”

-Charles Spurgeon

Comfort comes from ____________

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

Psalm 34:18

You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

Matthew 5:4 (The Message)


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 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 3:1-4