Beautiful Feet (Isaiah 52)

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” (v7). We enjoy the arrival of good news. The birth of a new baby. The acceptance letter arriving in the mail. The promotion at work. We celebrate these things. The news is carried by feet. Feet that are beautiful because of the news they carry.

“How beautiful ... [is he] who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation” (v7). The beautiful feet of the winged angels. The messengers of God. Delivering the message of the happy peace of our salvation: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12). A Savior has been born. The angels declare this to the shepherds. “Shepherds keeping vigil til the morning new” (LSB #393.2).

These shepherds could not contain their enthusiasm. “The voice of the watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion” (v8). “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us” (Luke 2:15). They go to Bethlehem and see the Holy Family in the stable. The same stable they had probably used in the past. Now they can't keep quiet: “They made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. ... And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:17-20). The LORD had returned to Zion. He had come to save His people from their sins. He had come into the world He had created so that He might enlighten everyone (John 1:9-11).

Through this Light, “The LORD has bared His holy arm before the eyes of all the nations” (v10). God has come down in the flesh. No more wondering about what type of God there is. We have a great God who created heaven and earth. A Creator who took on human flesh and became a little baby to save us from our sins. His Light brings faith into the Christian's heart. The heart darkened by sin that gets washed away through His Word.

The Word that declares, “All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (v10). God wants “all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). That's the example we find among the angels and the shepherds for us to imitate. They went out and told people about the Savior that had been born in Bethlehem. Their beautiful feet brought the news of salvation to those around Bethlehem. The star brought the good news to the Magi in the East (Matthew 2:1-12). We love to hear the kids sing “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”. But do we listen to them? It's not just a easy song for them to memorize. It's the job of every Christian. Go. Tell it on the mountain. Tell people that Jesus has been born. The Savior of the world has come. His salvation is at hand. It's available to everyone. What great news we have to proclaim to the world! Let us go out and be the messengers that Jesus has called us to be.“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” (v7). Are your feet beautiful? Have you brought the good news of Jesus Christ to anyone lately? If not, do so today. As we celebrate His birth, proclaim your salvation—that He has saved YOU—to those around you so that they might also celebrate the salvation Jesus was born to bring. Amen.