by The Rev. Mark Buetow
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news!” That means how beautiful are Jesus' feet because He brings Good News. These are the feet of God's Son who was born with ten little piggies just like the rest of us. These are the feet that stepped into the water of the Jordan River to be baptized for you. These are the feet that walked on water and carried the preaching of the Kingdom of God around. These are feet so beautiful that the sinful woman washed them with her tears and hair! These are the feet that stood before the religious leaders and the Roman Governor. These are the feet that stumbled as they carried the cross to calvary. And there, on Calvary, on the mountain, behold the beautiful feet, pierced with nails, stuck to the cross. To bring Good news. The Good News that your sins are forgiven. The Good News that He is pierced for you. That His feet and hands and side and brow are pierced for your sins. To wash them away with His blood. To wipe them out once and for all. The pay the price. To bring peace between you and God. How beautiful indeed are those holy feet of Jesus that walked this earth on their way to be nailed to the tree for our salvation!
And we need those purdy feet! Because our feet ain't so purdy! Our feet are dirty. Our feet step in it. In sin. How often have you used your feet to wander away from Christ's church to someplace more interesting and exciting or buried those feet deeper under the covers rather than get up and go hear Christ's Word. How often have you used your feet to wander away from those around you who are in need? How often have you run with those feet to share the latest bit of juicy gossip? How often have you used those feet to storm away from Mom and Dad when you're angry at them? How often have you used those feet to kick others while they are down or to stride around like you're the best thing ever happened to everybody? Oh yes, our feet are caked in the gunk and crud of sin!
Jesus knew this about His disciples. Their feet were dirty like that too. So He washed them. He whose feet would be pierced made sure the feet of the apostles were clean and beautiful and then sent them to preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins in His name to the ends of the earth. That Good News that your pastor proclaims, that your sins are forgiven for Jesus' sake is what makes your pastor's feet beautiful, what makes Him a messenger worth listening to. For Jesus has sent your pastor to proclaim the Good News of Christ that cleans the feet of even the dirtiest sinner! Your pastor has had his feet washed, that is, been forgiven, and sent and ordained to be the guy who brings you the Good News. Who proclaims peace. Who announces glad tidings. Your pastor's feet are beautiful because He walks around giving the gifts of Christ. It is your pastor's feet that stand by the font while Christ washes us from our sins. It is the pastor's feet that stand before you, speaking the words of holy absolution. It is the pastor's feet you see as you kneel at Christ's altar, eating and drinking the body and blood of Jesus and receiving that forgiveness! Rejoice that by the feet of His ministers, the blessings of Christ's nail-pierced feet are delivered to you. “How beautiful are the feet on the mountains of him who brings good news!” Indeed those feet are beautiful because they are the feet of Jesus, pierced for our salvation on Mt. Calvary. And that Good News is carried to us by the feet of Christ's preachers. How beautiful the feet that trod the road that leads us back to God. How beautiful the feet that ran to bring the great good news to man! To you! In the in Name of Jesus. Amen.
Created: August 7th, 2010