Reading: Isaiah 52: 7-10
Christmas fills the air! In our churches, in our homes, in our cars, and even in some of our offices the sounds of Christmas fill the air. In church we have been singing carols. Playlists are filled with our favorite Christmas songs. Music gets us in the mood to celebrate. As Christmas itself draws near, the songs remind us both of the stories and serve to build up our anticipation and excitement as we wait.
In Isaiah 52 the watchmen are atop the wall waiting for news to come. There is anticipation and excitement, hoping for good news. The psalmist writes, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news”. In one way many people today are much like the men on the wall: they long for good news. They peer out into the world, longing to hear something good. For followers of Christ, at times we too long for good news. Then a song like “Joy to the World” or “K the Herald Angels Sing” floats into our ears or minds and we are reminded: good news is indeed on the way!
In Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus. We celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world. In acknowledging the babe as the Savior, we connect the baby to the good news. The baby will grow into a man willing to give all of himself for the world. The good news of Jesus Christ is that through Him sin and death have been defeated. Jesus conquered them. We know the end of the birth story and it gives us hope. Yes, this life will have its trials and troubles, but ultimately we we will rise to eternal life. This is the gift we find in the manger on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful gift indeed!
As believers we know the story. We sing the songs to remember and to remind ourselves. May our voices carry the good news to those who wait along the wall, eager to hear some good news. May our feet be beautiful today.