Pictured is Anna McNuff, completed her 2,352 mile journey, having spent 168 days on the road. She ran this distance barefoot.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8 The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
“How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news...” (Isaiah 52:7).
In Isaiah’s day, messengers carried news from town to town. Watchmen would see a messenger approaching in the distance and try to determine from their posture or speed if they were carrying good news.
You can imagine the anticipation and excitement building as the messenger gets closer. What will he say? What will the news be?
The messenger is received like a celebrity, and when he speaks, everyone celebrates (Isaiah 52:8). It’s a beautiful moment.
I wonder if when we share the good news of the Gospel, we are like that messenger. We aren’t asking people to give more or do more. We get to be the ones delivering the news, “Salvation is here!” (Romans 10:13). “The Lord has comforted his people.” (Isaiah 7:9)
Jesus did all the work, all the “heavy lifting” to save us and set us free. Then, He gives us the privilege of delivering that message to the world. What better time than now, during the celebration of His birth, to share the hope, peace joy, and love Jesus brings.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10:14