Christmas, Tim Keller

Prophecy: In Nahum 1:15, we read, “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace.” Similarly, Isaiah 40:9 talks about going up onto a high mountain in order to shout, “Here is your God!” and Isaiah 52:7 reads, “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!’”

Gospel: This is talking about the Gospel, which is good news, or more specifically, good NEWS. The Gospel is not advice about how to live a good life or find God, but the NEWS that God is here! He has brought salvation, which needs to be proclaimed, the way one would tell the world about a cure for cancer or the end of war. Indeed, the Gospel is the cure for our sickness and the end of our war with God. With the coming of Jesus, God made flesh, peace is proclaimed, because the law and all its penalties have been fulfilled, and there is now no condemnation for us.

Response: When Paul quotes Nahum 1:15 in Romans, he begins, “How, then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” If we have received the Good News of the Gospel, our response, unless we deliberately suppress it, will be to take the news of God’s reconciling love to others. Everyone has seen those famous photographs of the day when World War II ended … jubilation in the streets, people hanging out of windows, shouting to their neighbors. Should our joy at being freed from the condemnation of sin be any less? We are no longer estranged or at war with our Creator. We are no longer under sentence of death, because Jesus has died our death for us. Hallelujah indeed!

Prayer: Our God in heaven, thank you that you did not remain there. You could have justly condemned us for our guilt, our devotion to idols, our constant self-seeking, self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing lives. But you did not. You came. Help us to be the “beautiful feet” who take the gospel to a world that desperately needs to hear that their long warfare has ceased and peace has come. Amen.

– Tim and Kathy Keller

*Excerpt from 843 acres, The Devotional Blog of The Park Forum, “Advent: The Feet that Bring Good News”