(Seventh in a 52 part introspective devotional series, weekly more or less, based on the Scriptures that inspired George Federick Handel to write The Messiah.)
[see the entire series here]
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Isaiah 40:9
Isaiah, foretelling of the captivity of Judah and the resultant restoration, brings an interesting admonishment to the people. And its one that that is taken up by the writers of the New Testament some 800 years later.
Good tidings. Good news. Gospel. What was the gist of the good news Judah was to tell? They were free! That is good news. The Gospel is the same today — we are free! We have to tell the world we are free. Free? What are we free from? A place to start to explore that is Galatians 5:1 — the yoke of slavery, the slavery of sin (John 8:34; Romans 6:16-22).
Jesus Christ has come and released us from that bondage (Matthew 1:21). We should then therefore walk out into the world and bring good tidings of our release that those who hear of it may want the freedom Christ alone can give.
Father, may I be found proclaiming the good tidings of the freedom granted me by Your Son at His return. In His Name, Amen.