Good tidings… How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news of God to the world. That’s what angels did on the night Jesus was born. And we have the opportunity to experience hope in God because of his gift to us. This is good news, peace, and salvation!
Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I.” How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
Isaiah 52:6-8, 10
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 52 in his letter to the Romans (chapter 10). How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news of God to the world…
The exclamation of Paul is that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Yet there must be people who take the message of salvation out to the world. As I read Isaiah 52, I am reminded of the angels who proclaimed the arrival of Jesus and the message of peace, good tidings, and salvation. And how the watchman of the sheep that night rejoiced and shouted about the birth of Jesus.
All of this so that the ends of the earth would know about the salvation of God.
All of this so that people would know the name of God.
God the Redeemer. God the Saviour. God the Lover of his creation. He wants to know us and draw us back to him. I hope you see that hope in the Christmas story. I hope you see hope in the loving gift of Father God as he sent his only Son to earth to be born in humility, to die in humility, and to rise in victory.
Good tidings indeed…