Surely the above statement is a misprint! Aren’t we to be happy and bubbly, seeking and getting good vibes, and all that stuff? I don’t think so! I think the problem is in misunderstanding what Jesus means by “Blessed are they that mourn” in Matthew 5:4.
Jesus doesn’t end there: He adds “for they shall be comforted.” Why, and from what shall we be comforted? Can you think of anything for which Christians should mourn, and then be comforted in the world today? How about the fact of the total depravity of the human race. Immediately the “good vibe receiver”, and the misguided “positive thinker” object: “O people are getting better and better right along.” However, their objections to the contrary notwithstanding, newspapers and other news media report daily everything necessary to prove that total depravity is factual and real. The fact is: apart from reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ, humankind has no hope. The reality is that humankind is on a course of self destruction, and only the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will save us from running and finishing that course. Jesus came and will come again, to “seek and to save that which was lost.” Lost humanity, and a lost world in which “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22), point to the fact of humankind’s inability to be (in and of ourselves) anything but, totally depraved. The intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will come again to “Judge the Living and the dead,” is the only hope of humankind.
The comfort of those to whom Jesus is speaking in Matthew 5 (His disciples then and now), is their belief in him. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Light has come into the world in the person of Jesus Christ, and we (believers) love the light more than the darkness. The darkness, engendered by Satan, and perpetuated by those who are deceived by him is strong. However, “All power in heaven and on earth” is given to the Lord Jesus Christ; and therein, is the believer’s comfort. “Jesus shall reign where e’er the sun does his successive journeys run” (From Psalm 72 by Isaac Watts). In that fact alone, do we take comfort. “Praise Him, praise him, Jesus our Blessed Redeemer” (Fanny Crosby)! Undoubtedly I’ll morn as long as I’m in this body; but the day of comfort and rejoicing is on its way! “Even so, Lord Jesus, come!”
With love for all of you, from a sinner saved by grace,