You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
Spread the News
Imagine the president coming to town and nobody noticing. Imagine him standing to speak without any introduction. It is unthinkable. Even when the president enters the chamber in the United States Capitol for his annual “State of the Union” address, where everyone in the room has probably had a personal conversation with him, someone still stands up to announce, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States!”
In many civilizations, past and present, the king’s coming is announced by trumpets and a herald shouting, “Make way for the king.” The coming of someone so important should be announced loud and clear—especially if he comes with good news like the defeat of an enemy in battle.
That’s what today’s Bible passage encourages us to do. After all, our King, Jesus, defeated our enemies when he came to this earth. He lived, died, and rose again in a battle against the devil and all of the brokenness that sin brings into the world. His rising from the dead was proof that King Jesus won the battle.
He conquered every enemy for us. That’s good news! We have the victory. Even death can’t overcome us. Eternal life and heaven are ours! That’s news to celebrate, share, shout from the mountaintops!
Just as ancient civilizations celebrated the king’s return from victory in battle, just as modern civilizations celebrated their teams’ coming home with the championship, so we want to celebrate our King’s coming. And we can’t wait to tell others the news.
As you celebrate Jesus’ first coming and prepare to meet him when he returns, find someone to share the news with. A King has come to rescue them. And he’s coming again. Spread the news!
King Jesus, thank you for those who shared the news of your coming with me. Help me spread the good news too. Amen.