This past Sunday, June 17 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor focused on the second Beatitude. The mourning that Jesus talks about in verse 4 is a grief that’s so great it cannot be hidden, mourning over our loss of relationship to God and our sin. We must be unhappy about our sin and mourn over it to be made happy through Christ. This “mourning” is specific, and the “comfort” in the verse is specific as well. Comfort is found no where else aside from our Savior Jesus Christ. The first question of the Heidelberg Catechism addresses this type of comfort:
What is your only comfort in life and death?
That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.