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By Rene Whipple
Contributing Writer 

How beautiful upon the mountains

 

November 8, 2010



In Isaiah chapter 52 verse 7 it reads, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (KJV)

Isaiah is a great Prophet from the Old Testament who, with beautiful imagery and strong conviction, teaches us all about our Savior Jesus Christ.

We learn from Isaiah about the Savior’s mission here on earth, about His characteristics, and especially about His sacrifice and love for us.

Isaiah uses the symbolism of feet to signify messengers. Jesus Christ was a messenger sent from our Heavenly Father to bring us good tidings of peace and salvation.

The Savior’s message was simple—we are children of our Heavenly Father who loves us and we love Him. He sent His son to redeem us and He wants us to live with Him again with our families after this life. What a beautiful message—our God truly reigneth!

We can take the imagery of feet further. We as fellow Christians can also be messengers. We can be a messenger for our Heavenly Father as we are examples of peace and good tidings.

We can simply and clearly live the teachings of Jesus Christ. We can be a messenger in that we treat others with love and respect. We can testify by our words and actions that our Savior Jesus Christ is our light and our guide and we can share that light with others.

A messenger is also on their feet—they are literally on the go!

We can be engaged in good works and service and be a strength to our family and in our community. The possibilities are endless in ways that we can publish good tidings and share the peace we find in our God.

I’ve seen good tidings published recently when I attended a funeral where many people gathered to support a grieving family and they were drawing strength from the Lord.

I saw good tidings again in a simple act of someone pitching in to help at a school event.

Good tidings showed up once more as a friend opened up her home and let many moms come in and do a clothing exchange in these hard economic times.

When Isaiah says “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him…” he is literally speaking of Jesus Christ. The feet of our Master bear scars from His sacrifice for us on the cross. Those scars signify His great love for us and His victory over death.

Those scars will always be a witness to us that we are ever in His thoughts, that we are important to Him and that what we think and feel matter to Him.

The good tidings will always and forever be that we are children of our Heavenly Father and that He sent His Son because He loves us; and we love Him. Isaiah said it best—Thy God reigneth!

Rene Whipple is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and lives in the Clearview ward. renewhipple@comcast.net.

 

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