Do you have beautiful feet?

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…” (Isaiah 52:1-12, NASB)

Do you have beautiful feet? Well, it appears that in heaven, God will honor people with beautiful feet. In today’s reading, God said, “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” I remember one incident from my short-term mission trip to Kenya that perfectly illustrates this idea. One of the tasks that our team was put in charge of was to plant a new church in a certain mountainous region. Our team members traveled several miles between villages to witness and invite people to come to the church’s grand opening. The guys in our team wore blue jeans so they did not have any problem traversing through the bushes, but the gals suffered because they wore dresses. After the church service, we asked the people what made them come? They simply pointed to the bloodied scratch marks on our sisters’ legs and smiled. It was then I understood the meaning of what it means to have beautiful feet for Christ. God will honor the feet of those who took His good news message to people near and far. The Jews in Isaiah’s days suffered greatly at the hand of the Egyptians and the Assyrians, but soon, they would be taken captive by the Babylonians (v.4-5). Although the captivity had not yet taken place, Isaiah prophesied as if the event had already occurred. Isaiah’s message of “good news” had to do with the restoration of Israel from this Babylonian captivity. Prophet Nahum makes this clear in his prophecy, “Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace. Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah, and fulfill all your vows, for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again. They will be completely destroyed!” (Nah.1:15, New Living Translation) Yet, as you listen to the words of this prophecy, you will begin to realize that God was also talking about the restoration of His people of all ages during the end times. For instance, in verse one, God declares that the city of Jerusalem is His “holy city” and the “uncircumcised” and the “unclean” will no longer come into the city. These words are repeated in the book of Revelation as it says that the kings of the earth “shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations to it (new Jerusalem); and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev.21:26-27). And the verses where God tells the redeemed to come out of the darkness and purify themselves (v.9-11) is also repeated by Paul. He writes, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate… And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a Father to you. And you will be sons and daughters to Me” (2 Cor.6:16-18). Just as those who preached the good news to Israel were honored, those who preach the gospel today will be honored. In fact, the word “gospel” means “good news.” Paul writes, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Rom.10:14-15, NIV) People with beautiful feet will be praised by God in heaven. Do you want to have beautiful feet? Then become bearers of the good news of Jesus Christ. And in heaven, God will point to your feet and say, “Look everyone! Look how beautiful are his feet!”

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