Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)
4 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!”
Indeed. It’s great to hear good news.
The announcement of a wedding. The birth of a child. The safe return of a loved one.
But imagine the news is “proclaiming peace”.
The “tidings” are that there is “salvation”.
The Israelites had suffered greatly and this would have been very welcome news. But I wonder if they understood the significance of what was about to be explained to them.
That the “salvation” was not just their imminent rescue but an ultimate restoration between God and man.
And that the precursor to God’s arrival in human form on earth was John the Baptist preaching this good news (John1:15ff).
If one’s message is that “God reigns” in the person of “Christ the Lord” then yes, it really is “good news of great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10).
prayer : help me to be bold in sharing this good news
action : “tell of his salvation from day to day” (1 Chronicles 16:23)