How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. ~Isaiah 52:7-10
The above passage if the Bible is normally read as an evangelistic passage, or at the very least as a call to evangelism. It may very well be that, but lately I have been struck by the thought that this passage is more of an eschatological, or “end times”, statement than an evangelistic one. This difference may not seem to be that marked, but the ramifications of it are indeed.God is putting every wrong thing right.
The prophet is heralding that God has finally done what He promised to do. The message for us is that God has, in Jesus, finally defeated all evil, and in his resurrection we see a prototype of the final resurrection where God’s Kingdom, and justice will be restored on the Earth and every wrong thing will be put right. For the Christian this restoration has begun in the resurrection of Jesus, an event that we actually share in and partake of. The messengers are publishing Good News.
The messenger is announcing good news of peace. This word PEACE, is the Hebrew word SHALOM which among other things conveys a sense of wholesomeness – “nothing missing, nothing broken”. The sentinels, who are professional “bad-news seekers” now spring up in rapturous songs of joy because of the Lord’s victory! These guys are in the midst of Jerusalem’s ruins, Israel is in a state of exile, and they are rejoicing for the victory! Before they actually SEE the victory they are rejoicing. Celebrating your victories in advance.
In the Kingdom we celebrate the victory before we see it with our eyes – when we pray we believe that we have already received, and we shall have it!
Sing, O barren one who did not bear; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate woman will be more than the children of her that is married, says the Lord. ~Isaiah 54:1
When we celebrate victory and give thanks in advance it releases the breakthrough that we need for victory. If you are in the middle of a struggle right now, I would encourage you to start rejoicing and celebrating your victory – Get ready, prepare yourself, for your success will surpase your expectations by far!