When I lived in Florida, a hill consisted of six feet or greater. Our property in North Carolina is at twelve hundred feet. I walk down steep inclines to feed my chickens, and if I drive to town, the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains are breathtaking.
So to prepare our hearts for Christmas, I’d like us to visit the prophet Isaiah. Here are a verse to meditate on today.
“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!’” Isaiah 52:7
I always wondered where that song came from.
Let’s turn over to the New Testament.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” Luke 2:8-12
The best news ever was pronounced to lowly shepherds on a lonely hillside by majestic angels.
What was the good news?
A Savior, a Redeemer came to rescue sinners like me. Like you.
You may wonder what sin is. It’s not just doing bad things like murder, adultery, and stealing. It is also not doing the good things you should do.
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17
It’s not living a life of faith.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
The Good News of Jesus Christ is that there is hope for us. A life that doesn’t fade here on earth, but a life spent with Christ that goes on forever.
Now that is something to shout about.
On a mountain. Or a computer screen. Or at work. Or in your living room.
Here is a delightful choral group performing this great Christmas song. It will definitely wake you up!