Beatitude #2- “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (from Matthew 5:4)
This is perhaps the most “upside-down” of the beatitudes; to be “happy” when you are mourning?! The reason for blessedness in mourning is found in the promise that follows: “for they shall be comforted”. We are not talking about some trifle comfort, a drying of the tears and laboriously going on in life with a brave, but long face and a despairing heart. Rather, Jesus here is speaking of comfort that only can come from “the Comforter”, the Holy Spirit. This is a deep and abiding comfort that can even bring on inexplicable joy in the midst of sorrow. Why? Because the ultimate end to the mourning is foretold by the work of the Holy Spirit, given as a down payment of what is to come; complete comfort, an end to pain and sorrow and tears! Spirit-inspired scripture speaks resoundingly of the complete lifting and doing away with mourning altogether which will occur one day for the believer (Rev. 21:3-4). O, what a day. Our God is so good!