The prophet Isaiah writes,
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings Good News, the Good News of peace and salvation, the Good News that the God of Israel reigns.” Isaiah 52:7 (NLT)
Imagine living in a remote village or mountainous area where the only news of the outside world came, not through a smart phone, text message, twitter, or Facebook, but came by a messenger on foot or traveling through the area. It could be weeks or even months between hearing news from neighboring regions. Especially in an age where many of us cannot go a few minutes without checking our Facebook/Twitter feed because of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), can you imagine how exciting it would be to have a messenger or traveling passing by your home who could share news- and hopefully Good News! The arrival of a messenger would be celebrated. It would be anticipated- to the point that Isaiah writes, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger…”
Isaiah words are not just about any messenger, but the messenger who would bring Good News of peace and salvation. The Good News that the God of Israel reigns. If you live in a time or place where war and violence is the norm, a message of peace and deliverance would truly be Good News. In a world rife with sin and the brokenness that comes in a sinful world, news of Peace (with God and with our neighbors) and Salvation (from our sin and the death that accompanies it) is THE Good News!
In this season of Advent, who are the messengers who have brought us Good News of the peace and salvation that comes through Jesus? Have we given thanks to God for those who shared with us this Good News? Likewise, who are we sharing this message of Good News with- that they might think we have “beautiful feet” for bringing Good News of peace and salvation to?