During the Bible times when people were at war (battle) a person would run from the scene of the battle across the land (mountains) to the city waiting for news. The message of this runner was salvation, meaning that they had won a victory. They were running to tell the people that they had been delivered from their enemy or foe. This was good new or glad tiding. According to the Bible beautiful were the feet of those who ran with the good news of their salvation!
Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
‘Your God reigns!’ ”
One definition of beautiful is very pleasing to see or hear. The people waiting to hear news of the battle would have seen the feet of the runner as beautiful because of the news that they brought.
As we proclaim the good news of salvation to those who are being held captive, God sees our feet as beautiful. He is pleased when we tell others that the victory over their enemy was won by Jesus, and that they have been delivered from their foe.
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…” 2 Corinthians 5:18 NKJV
As a Christian, the ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to us. We are to tell all people that God wants to restore them to a right relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ, His one and only Son.
Reconcile: to make friends again; settle a disagreement or difference; make agree; bring into harmony, make satisfied; make no longer opposed.
Reconciliation: a reconciling; bringing together again in friendship; settlement or adjustment of disagreements or differences.
Jesus was born, lived a sinless life, went to the cross, and was resurrected so that we could be reconciled with God. Beautiful were the feet of Jesus as He brought good news, proclaimed peace, brought glad tidings of good things, proclaimed salvation, and as He exclaimed that God reigns.
In the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) we see an example of reconciliation. A wealthy man had two sons. The youngest son demanded that his father give him his inheritance so that he could move away from home and live on his own. The father granted his youngest son his request. He divided his estate and gave his sons their shares.
The youngest son moved to a country far away and while there he wasted all his money. His disregard for his father had separated him from his family. After the son had spent all his money, a famine spread across the land. The only job (work) that he could find was feeding pigs. Since he was a Jew, this was a very humiliating. Pigs were considered unclean, and their meat was forbidden as food. The son was so hungry that he desired to eat the food he was feeding to the pigs. One day the son realized his sin against God and his father. He decided to return home to ask for a job as a hired servant, at least that way he would have food.
While the son was on his way home, a great way off, his father saw him coming. The father ran out to meet his returning son. The two embraced and the son confessed his sin and unworthiness to his father. The father gave his son a robe, a ring, and sandals as a sign of his full acceptance and forgiveness. Then the father had his servants prepare a celebration for his returning son.
The oldest brother had been in the field working and upon his arrival at the house he heard a celebration. He became very angry when he was told that it was for his returning brother. He found fault in his brother and he did not think that the younger brother deserved a celebration because of his past. The father had to leave the celebration and go out to the older son. Because of his anger, judgmental attitude, and self-pity the older brother would not even come into the house where the celebration was taking place.
The father had reconciled the son unto himself and his family, and he had expected the older son to do the same. Instead of having the father’s “beautiful feet”, the older brother was not pleasing to see or hear.
The father looked at the youngest son’s future – what it could be. The older brother looked at his younger brother’s past – what it had been.
At salvation we become a new creature. Our relationship with God changes. We become reconciled to God and we have the privilege and responsibility of telling others that they can receive the same reconciliation. We are to have the same “beautiful feet” as the father in the story of the prodigal son.
Each one of us must ask ourselves, “Am I like the father or am I like the older brother?” Do I look at a person’s future – what they could be in Christ, or do I look at their past – where they have been?” It is sad to say that too many groups today have many older brothers, but few fathers.
As a person that has been reconciled with God, we should bring good news to the world, we should proclaim peace, we should bring glad tidings of good things, we should proclaims salvation, we should exclaim that the Lord God reigns. Are we following Jesus with “beautiful feet”?