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.”
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.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
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. Isaiah 52:7-10 ESV
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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? 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!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:13-17 ESV
In Washington State there is a tall mountain called Mt. Baker, a snowy peak that is over 10,000 feet tall. Back in 1911 some people of the nearby town of Bellingham decided to have a mountain marathon. It would be a race that started in the town and would go to the top of the mountain and back. There were two possible routes, and some of the of the racers would take a Model T car to a ranch where one glacier trail started, and some other contestants would take a train to the beginning of another glacier trail. One route to the top from the beginning of the trail was 14 miles long, and the other route was 16 miles long, but less steep. When the racers reached the glacier by car or train, they climbed through dangerous, icy conditions to the top of the mountain and back, then hurried back to town by car or buggy to see who would cross the finish line first. The event was a great success, and another one was held each summer for the next two years. The second year, telephone lines were strung along the path the racers would take so that people in town could keep in touch with how the race was going. Everyone was very excited to see the runners off and watch for them to return.
The prophet Isaiah talked about beautiful feet on the mountains, but these feet didn’t belong to people who were running a race. The people Isaiah talked about were running over the mountains to bring good news to Jerusalem. The watchmen standing guard on the city walls saw the messengers coming to them and were very happy, because they knew there was good news on the way. The good news was that the Lord himself was coming to his people to save them and help them. All the people of Jerusalem who were in trouble were singing for joy. God would come to save his people, and all the people of the world would see what the Lord would do.
God came to his people in Jesus to save them, and Jesus died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have peace and happiness with God. This good news is for all the people of the world, and the Lord continues to send messengers to the ends of the earth to tell the good news of what Jesus has done. People who carry the good news to others have beautiful feet, because they take with them the word of God that brings others to know and love Jesus. Everyone who loves the Lord can help by sending these beautiful feet on their way, supporting their needs and praying for them. We want the whole world to know what Jesus has done!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the good news of Jesus. Please bless the people who carry this good news to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.