Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
Matthew 28: 16
Mountains are a powerful symbol in the Bible. God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai, Jesus had his transfiguration on a mountain, and Jerusalem is built atop Mount Zion. Mountains symbolise the place where Heaven and Earth meet. They represent a glimpse into another world, where the everyday and the holy overlap and we can come face to face with God.
So it’s fitting that Jesus should end his ministry on a mountain. Through his life, death, and resurrection Jesus had brought humanity and God together, breaking down the barriers between us. And so it all culminates atop a mountain, heaven and earth coming together in Jesus Christ. Where once the disciples felt distant from God, their relationship mediated by priests and sacrifices, now they would experience what Jesus meant when he said, “the Kingdom of God is within you”.
Prayer: Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Action: Go to the highest place you can reach today (be that a hilltop, or the top of the stairs) and read Psalm 121.