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!”—Isaiah 52:7 (also refer to Isaiah 40:9 and Romans 10:15)
Truth be told, we are probably fonder of idle feet that are clean and possibly polished. No dead skin hanging or roughness on the heels. If any feet are beautiful, society leads us to believe they must be pedicured and painted, hopefully after enjoying a deep tissue massage. However those are not the feet spoken of in Isaiah 52:7. Why would dirty, labored, and tired feet be deemed beautiful? After a long journey over different altitudes without Dr. Scholl cushioning our bunions, we may still have BEAUTIFUL feet!
Imagine waiting year after year for the hope that is in a Savior and, finally, possibly after forgetting you were even waiting, you see in the distance a figure appear on that mountain. Once that figure sees he is close to his destination, he starts running. And what is he yelling? “Your God reigns!”
He (or she) cannot keep the message unheard any longer, because this message that those feet carry is a message of peace. Peace to our souls that we have a risen Savior in Jesus Christ! That we do not have to wait any longer, it is done! What a peace it brings to us that we are free from the chains of sin. Christ has given us eternal life and we are no longer hell bound. What message is more important than that?
The feet in verse 7 were not propped up relaxing while shopping online for Christmas presents. They were bringing the best news that could be proclaimed from our lips—the message of salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. That is what makes those feet so beautiful—they were moving with Kingdom-powered purpose.