Matthew 5:4, 9
Main point: Accept the comfort of Christ’s resurrection!
1. Sorrow for your sin (v.4)
2. Engage in reconciliation (v.9)
“Mourn” = Sorrow for sin and its consequences leading to the action of repentance
The mourning described by Christ as characteristic of the regenerated heart is more than sadness for the ills of the world. It grieves because of one’s own sin, the sin of others, and the cost of sin. That cost is the blood of Jesus Christ. Sin offends the infinite purity and holiness of God and demands the justice of God’s infinite wrath. Jesus, as the God-man, paid the infinite price for redemption with His blood and appeased the infinite wrath of God by becoming the object of that wrath on the cross.
“Comfort” comes from the Holy Spirit that Christ sent, Christ’s personal presence with believers, and the assurance of being with God for all eternity.
Only by accepting the depth of sin does one begin to understand the magnitude of divine comfort.
Those mourning over sin and receiving the blessings of divinely ordained comfort alone qualify to to carry out successful peacemaking initiatives. They understand that true peace comes only by recognizing the source of conflict (sin) and the means for dealing with sin – Christ’s work.