by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
The victory of the cross was at the top of the hill. Jesus could have been crucified on flat land (it would have made it a lot easier to carry the cross). But God ordained Him to carry His cross – broken as He was – to the mountaintop.
In the Old Testament before the temple in Jerusalem was built, it was to the mountaintop
God called His people to come to worship Him. It is where His Presence rested.
Was this because the top of the mountain was somehow a better place to worship or because God couldn’t manifest intimately anywhere else?
Certainly not, for we know God is omni-present in all places at the same time. Then why did He call them to climb up to worship? Why did He ordain Jesus to climb up to die for His victory over death.
We may never know definitively until we can ask God face to face in heaven. Certainly His ways are far beyond our understanding precisely because He is God.
But could it be specifically because of the climb? God loves all of us, but comes most intimately with favor, protection and provision, strategy to those who seek Him, who pursue relationship with Him and do not let any obstacle stop them from seeking more. Is it because He knows in the climb we will develop the spiritual muscle needed to stand for Him in the battles to come for our battles at their root are not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual powers of darkness in the heavenly realms?
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jer. 33:3 (NIV)
‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ Eph. 6:12 (NIV)
So don’t stop climbing. Persevere. Know whatever your present difficulties He is with you and if you don’t quit you will be blessed beyond measure at the increased overview and closeness to Him you will receive at each new outlook point along the journey on your way to the summit. Wherever the path takes you, no matter how many monotonous, seemingly meaningless, unexpected switch-backs , remember He does everything with purpose; He is with you; He leads. He will never leave you or forsake you and promises to use all things for good when you look back and consider them in light of eternity (and His plans of restoration of the world). Our God is Truth. He cannot lie. Keep going!
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