Things We Left On the Mountain: INTRODUCTION –
Matthew 5:1; Matthew 8:1
5:1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
8:1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.
BlogFam – This week we will begin a new series entitled:
Things We Left On the Mountain…
All of us, at one point or another, have had a mountain top experience. An experience where we have had an extraordinary moment of passion, felt a supernatural zest for life, saw things more clearly than we ever have, and looked forward to conquering the world! We have all had mountain top experiences that left us speechless and fearless, empowered and enthralled by the euphoria of what had been revealed to us. We have all had that moment where we said out loud, AHA! I get IT now!
For obvious reasons, I do not think that mountain top experiences only happen on the top of mountains. I think these types of experiences can happen at home in the kitchen or in the shower, at church in the sanctuary or in the parking lot, at school in the classroom or on the playground, at work in your office/cubicle or at the water cooler. There is no set place and there is definitely not a set time. Your mountain top experience can happen ANYtime – morning, noon, evening or midnight. And no one is exempt. ALL of us have had these kinds of experiences but there is something that separates us from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Juniors of our generation and it is this:
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU COME DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN?
As we begin this new blog series during the Lenten season, I am praying that we would all have a 40 day mountain top experience. But most importantly, I am praying that when we come down from the mountain of fasting and learning and reflecting and worshiping, I pray that we would FOLLOW Jesus and allow Him to transform our lives in magnificent ways. For the next few weeks, we will walk through Matthew Chapters 5 - Chapter 8:1. And BlogFam, you know that we will take our time and we may or may not cover every verse, but we will do our very best to be inspired and to write as we feel led.
Crowds of people had a mountain top experience with Jesus where he taught profound lessons that were and still are able to change lives but hearing a lesson and applying it are two different things. Crowds were there but Matthew 8:1 is clear that everybody did NOT follow him when they came down from the mountain. In my mind, a large crowd does not mean everybody who was on the mountain.
BUT there were a few, who were apart of the large crowds, fewer than the multitudes, who said, AHA! I get IT now! And when they came down from the mountain, they had surrendered to the transforming power of Jesus and FOLLOWED Him.
Over the next few weeks, we will explore some of the lessons that Jesus taught and we will also, together, anticipate that these lessons will change our lives and give us all a deeper sense of commitment to the words, the will, and ways of Jesus, our Master and our Teacher. I pray that we will all choose to be a part of the large crowds who FOLLOW Jesus when we come down from the mountain.
So, BlogFam, I pray that you will join me as we hear the Words of Jesus on the mountain and I pray that we will not leave them there!
Let's go UP to the Mountain!!!
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