How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
Some gifts are just better than others. It is hard to acknowledge, because every gift is a gift. But let’s be honest, there is a big difference between getting socks and getting a brand-new bicycle. There is a big difference between a pair of fuzzy slippers and a handmade picture drawn by your three-year-old that says, “I love you Mommy” on it. There are some gifts that you probably won’t remember or use only weeks later. But there are other gifts that you will remember, celebrate, and cherish for a lifetime.
Isaiah sees that kind of gift coming—the kind of gift that would have you bursting out in song, praising God, and telling the world about it. It is a gift worth celebrating, It is the salvation that comes in Jesus Christ. Jesus came into the world to promise that although our lives are often in shambles, he will pick up the pieces.
This gift is ours. God has come into our sinful world. It is a gift worth shouting to the world. Carry that gift throughout your day. Share it with your friends. Thank God for it continually. Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord…a gift worth celebrating!
Lord Jesus, what a gift you have given us in yourself. Forgive us for the times we have not cherished you. Remind us daily how reliant we are on you. Give us the courage to share you with others. Amen.
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