Mountain climbing is serious business. Regardless of the terrain, preparation is essential, as there are many types of mountains, grassy, rocky, snow-covered, tree-lined and each mountain requires different equipment and training to climb.
Moses climbed a mountain on fire. What kind of training and equipment would that require? How do you climb the Mount of God?
One day, the Lord told Moses, “Tell the Israelites:
You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ (Ex 19:4-6)
Then, the Lord announced He was coming…
On the morning of the third day, thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain. There was a long, loud blast from a ram’s horn, and all the people trembled….The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses climbed the mountain. (Ex. 19:16-17)
Notwithstanding the sight, Moses was brave to climb up a heaving mountain, covered in fire! In fact, Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.” (Heb. 12:21)
What terrified the people when God came down the mountain? Undeniably, their sin.
Holy standards, principles, precedents, the unwavering righteous law of God, all came when God ascended that fearful mountain. As the Law arrived, so came conviction of sin. When the Voice spoke, everyone trembled, knowing sin was within them all.
As David cried, If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? (Ps.130:1-3)
If Almighty God kept a record of our sins, our wayward thoughts, desires, intentions, let alone our acts, could any of us stand before His holiness?
Not one of us.
An entire nation was on their face when God descended onto that mountain, all quite certain they would die for their sin if they drew near. They were right. Not even the priests could come close. (Ex.19:20-23)
So why weren’t the three disciples afraid when they were mountain climbing with Jesus?
When Jesus appeared in His Glory with Moses and Elijah, fear was not the first response. In fact, the disciples slept through! Then Peter, well …
When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Luke 9:32-33).
Remarkably, these men did not experience the Glory of God as terrifying like Moses did. It was Almighty God on both mountains, right?
Hebrews 12:18-19 explains, You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking.
Enter Jesus, the Sinless Son of God.
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. (Eph 1:4)
This is how we can stand before the living God: Grace and truth, the Lord Jesus, went before us!
Like Jesus told Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6).
His disciples were not afraid to climb the mountain because Grace climbed the mountain before them. Through Christ, they could encounter God and live!
What mountain you are climbing?
You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. (Heb. 12: 22-24)
Friend, this is the mountain to which we have come, the joyful gathering of God’s children, to our God and Father as our Lord Jesus mediates this new covenant of our forgiveness through His Blood.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)
Stop fearing and start rejoicing.
It’s time to encounter the living God. Arrest fear, apathy and hopelessness! Trust and believe and start climbing up!
It’s time to encounter God Almighty who loves us and gave Jesus for us. With joy, may our mountain climbing lead us home!
May the Holy Spirit quicken this Word to you today!
To dive a little deeper, enjoy this video, How to Prepare for Glory Manifestation.
You are greatly loved.
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