Isaiah 52:7 (ESV)
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.
Our greatest joy on Christmas morning is that Jesus entered into our human struggle as fully God but fully human. His life and His death changed everything.
It doesn’t matter whether we’re male or female, young or old, Jew or Gentile…and there is no difference in God’s love for us. His love is immeasurable and magnificent and given to us no matter what color is our skin, what social strata we’re from, where we live, or what language we speak. Every human bears the Image of God. God’s Image is colorblind and His love is big enough for all.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Go Tell It on the Mountain was first published in a collection of slave songs and spirituals entitled New Jubilee Songs and Folk Songs of the American Negro (1907) by John Wesley Work, Jr.. His family before him and after him were devoted to preserving spirituals and he was actively involved with the Fisk Jubilee Singers whose name you might remember from the Overcomer’s series devotional on Swing Low Sweet Chariot.
Dear Lord Thank You for that first Christmas day. Help us to continue to tell it from the mountain about the great gift that You gave to each of us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.