December 20, 2021

‘Go, Tell It on the Mountain’

Isaiah 42:1-13

Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices. . . . Let them shout from the mountaintops.

—  Isaiah 42:11

After the birth of each our children, my wife and I spent time on the phone calling grandparents, great-grandparents, other relatives, and friends to tell them the good news that our baby had been born.

As new parents, you want everyone to know as quickly as possible, and you want to share your good news as much as possible. And this is easy today with cell phones and social media available.

Whenever anyone has good news, they want to share it with as many people as possible. The prophet Isaiah spoke about the servant of the Lord who would come in faithfulness to bring justice and restoration. And at his coming, the people are called to sing a new song of praise, to go out and “raise their voices” and “shout from the mountaintops.”

On the day of Jesus’ birth, God’s people are given news of the greatest gift, the gift of salvation. As we hear the good news of Jesus, we respond with great joy, sharing it wherever we go.

“Go, Tell It on the Mountain” calls us to hear the good news of the birth of Jesus and to respond with shouts of joy! We can go out and share this news with everyone we can imagine.

Go to the mountaintops and shout—share it everywhere!

Lord and God, may we respond in pure joy at the news of Jesus’ birth, sharing it wherever we go. Amen.

About the author — Brian Kuyper

Brian Kuyper is the lead pastor at a church in Taber, Alberta. He has served in two congregations in southern Alberta over the past 12 years. He is married to Brenda, and they have three school-age children.

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