We come to the next beatitude, “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Here we discover the reality of Christian life – that though our burdens are lifted by the cross, we still mourn. And we mourn over the remaining sin in our lives, the sin all around us and the sin that so destroys. What does this look like, and how is it often faked? This will be our topic as we look at Matthew 5:4. Our outline is simple:
- What is it to mourn?
- You cannot have comfort without mourning
- Fake sorrow
- False joy
- A Simple Takeaway
Public reading: Matthew 19:16-22; Benediction: 1 Cor 15:58
16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (ESV)