The Sermon on the Mount, or Beatitudes, was taught on the mountain. Like Moses, Jesus went up the mountain. Moses went up Mount Sinai three times (Exodus 19:3; 24:18; 34:42). He ascended the mountain to meet with God. Jesus went up the mountain to teach the people the Beatitudes. He is the Word and He is God (John 1:1).
- In Mark 3:13 Jesus went up the mountain and then He summoned those He wanted. They came to Him.
- In Luke 9:28 Jesus went up the mountain to pray.
- In John 6:3 He sat down with his disciples on the mountain.
- In John 6:15 Jesus withdrew to the mountain when the multitudes wanted to make Him king.
The mountain is a safe place. It’s a private place when you want to pray. It is a place to make important decisions and a place to learn. The mountain is a place for one, for the disciples, for the multitudes, and for a specific group of people.
It is a place to be in God’s presence.
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. (Matthew 5:1-2 NLT)
The crowds followed Jesus up the mountain. They were in His presence and they listened to His teaching. They wanted to be there. All of them heard the message, but not all responded the same way.
The church is a great example of a crowd entering God’s presence. The whole congregation is drawn into His presence because of the anointing and authority of the preacher. Then it is up to the individual. You can partake fully or you can be an onlooker.
Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. (John 6:3 NIV)
The disciples were with Jesus every day. They had constant access to Him. They didn’t hesitate to be in His company. When Jesus went up the mountain, they joined Him.
If this is your lifestyle, to follow Jesus, then join Him often on the mountainside. You go to Him because that is where you belong. That is where you want to be, with Him.
And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. (Mark 3:13 ESV)
When Jesus chose the 12 apostles, He called certain disciples to him. From those disciples, He appointed the apostles.
Sometimes Jesus calls you to Him for a specific reason. He has an assignment, a task, a revelation, or wants to give you direction. It may be in a dream, a vision, or a tugging of your heart. You sense it. You know you are in God’s presence and He has something specific to share with you.
Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. (Luke 9:28 NKJV)
Jesus often went up the mountain to pray. In this situation three disciples were with Him. The Bible also mentions times when Jesus went alone to pray.
As a believer, you go to prayer meetings. You pray with the rest of the congregation at church services. Your life is a life of prayer. That is why you often pray alone. When you start praying, you go up the mountain. When you reach the top of the mountain and enter in His presence, the words flow easier than at the bottom.
Therefore, when Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew again to the mountain by Himself. (John 6:15 HCSB)
Jesus withdrew to the mountain, away from the crowd. He removed Himself from the people who meant well but wasn’t doing the Father’s will.
Sometimes it is good to withdraw to a safe place, a place of peace. To get away from the worldly clutter and noise.
You don’t have to wait for an invitation before you go up the mountain to pray, to withdraw or to join Jesus. Jesus gave you permission when He died on the cross for your sins; when the veil was torn.
As a child of God, you have an eternal invite – a free pass.
What are you waiting for?