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“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (Isaiah 52:7), the Prophet Isaiah says. Imagine how Jesus’ feet must have looked on the eve of beginning his ministry after forty days of wandering in a desert. Battered. Aching. Bleeding. Could any message be good enough to make those feet look beautiful? Fast forward a few years to a time when all those close to Jesus watched as it seemed his message was dying with him on the cross. There at eye level, hung Jesus’ feet. Battered. Aching. Bleeding. Anything but beautiful. Anything but good news.

What would Isaiah say about this? It turns out we only have to look a chapter later. “He had no beauty to attract us to him…he was pierced for our transgressions…he poured out his life unto death…he bore the sins of many.” (Isaiah 53) At last, those pierced feet reveal the beauty of the good news.

All along, the beauty was not in how he looked and the good news, not in what he said. It was all about who he was. Jesus, the divine messenger, and the long-awaited King, has stomped Satan and stamped out death. Now that is good news.

Reflection:

  1. What is different about how Jesus established his kingdom that made it hard for the world to recognize him as King? Why do you think it had to be this way?
  2. What steps can you take to be a messenger of the good news to others?

Jesus, you walked obediently in God’s will, knowing what it meant for you. Help us to preach the good news of your saving kingship even when it confounds the world’s standard of beauty. Amen.