“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.” – Isaiah 52:7
In Isaiah 52 there is a prophecy of God’s ultimate salvation. There is a call to “Awake, awake…put on your beautiful garments…shake yourself from the dust and arise” for “on that day, they shall know that is is I (the LORD) who speak; here am I.” (Is 52:1-6).
So, good news, God’s salvation, resulting in new life. Isaiah, reflecting on this good news, says “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” (Is 52:7)
All this made me think of the sermon on Sunday, we read from Luke 23:46 as Jesus, being crucified, called out with a loud voice “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Jesus was obedient to the point of death, yes even death on a cross (Phil 2:8). Every breath of his life, even his last, was a testimony to the kingdom of God.
Jesus is the true fulfillment of Is 52:7. His every breath spoke to Zion: “Your God reigns.” On the mount of Calvary his hands and feet are pierced. He is crucified publicly, published to the world. But his cross has brought peace with God (Rom 5:1,9-10) and peace with each other (Eph 2:14-17). Jesus is the good news of God’s salvation resulting in happiness and new life.
At the cross, God calls us to a place where men might turn their faces, a scene tragic and ugly…and says: “This is good. This is beautiful.” It’s tough to see God at work in a man with “appearance so marred beyond human semblance.” It’s tough because I want to believe that God only works in the sunshine; I want a safe and comfortable glory. The cross is offensive because it challenges that assumption. The good news of happiness is brought through the cross…where my sin and death I deserve and the darkness over humanity are dealt with once for all.
Jesus’ pierced feet are beautiful. They cause us to worship and rejoice. God’s kingdom reigns! Peace and salvation are published, proclaimed to the nations from the cross. This week, worship Jesus with us and live in the happiness of the good news he brings! I can’t wait to celebrate Jesus good news on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday with the body of Imago Dei Church!