Isaiah 52: 7…..How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings( a happy message), that publishes ( proclaims/ announces) peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation, that says to Zion ( the church), thy God reigneth!
The message of peace that the messenger is bringing here is not one calling for the cessation or stoppage of all earthly wars and conflicts, but rather it is the message that Jesus Christ came to die for the sin of mankind and his death reconciles us to our God.
Prior to Jesus’ sacrifice in death on the cross, we did not have peace with God. We could not approach God for fear of his anger and abhorrence of our sin nature. We were separated from him by a large gap caused by sin. Jesus became the mediator for us, and we finally had peace with our God. How beautiful are the feet that proclaimed that message on the mountaintops at the time of Jesus birth! The world had been waiting forever to hear the good news. “Peace on earth; ( God’s) good will towards men” the angels sang to the shepherds in the fields that night– proclaiming the peace that the Messiah’s birth and death would bring for mankind. Jesus was born the saviour and he died the saviour of all. The rift between God and man was healed ; the gap that sin produced no longer there– we only have to accept the sacrifice that Jesus made, and believe that He made that sacrifice for us, personally, even though it happened a long time ago. By believing, we step over the gap that sin made, and right into the waiting arms of our very merciful and loving God. Sin was always the problem. God hates sin; he can’t stand it. The only reason God can’t have a relationship with us as sinners is because He hates sin. He doesn’t hate us. He never did; He just hated the sin.
1 John 4:16 ……and we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth ( lives) in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
God IS love. He doesn’t GIVE love, or dole out love, or even exercise love……He IS love. He is the pure embodiment of love. He lives, breathes and acts love. There is nothing else for him to do. He cannot act outside of love. That is not something our human minds can understand; we need divine revelation by the Holy Spirit for that, or we can’t even begin to accept it. Because God loves us so much, he shows
mercy( kindness) when we don’t deserve it, and divine favor — also undeserved and unearned.
God loved us enough to send his son, Jesus, as a sacrifice to die in our place. Now Jesus is our constant advocate ( lawyer) before the Father; reminding him that even though we live in sinful fleshly bodies, we are redeemed and washed and made righteous.
Psalm 85: 8 – 10
8: I will hear what The Lord will speak, for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints; but let them not turn again to folly ( silliness).
9: Surely his salvation ( deliverance, liberty) is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10: Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
In these verses it sounds like Mercy and Truth are regional managers at a business meeting. Righteousness and Peace are local managers that Mercy and Truth have come to discuss. Up until now, Righteousness and Peace have worked out of separate facilities, but the regional managers want to change that. They meet, discuss and both agree that Righteousness and Peace can now co-exist– they belong together. In the past, Peace could not hang out with Righteousness because there was always a war with sin going on. Now they are on such friendly terms that they have kissed each other in affection.
We only truly have peace when we have peace in our hearts with our God. No other peace will ever be enough. God’s kindness to us ( his mercy) has provided both the peace AND the righteousness needed for reconciliation with him.