When a baby is born, there is so much joy that you want to tell everyone. You want to shout it from the rooftops! A new life has begun, and it’s such an exciting time.
When Jesus was born, Mary literally was holding the gospel in her womb. She was holding the Word, She was holding God. (John 1:1) Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all gave accounts of the Christmas story. They also give accounts of his death and resurrection. They are stories that are told every Christmas/Easter.
One of my favorite songs at Christmas time when I was little was, “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” I probably didn’t quite understand what it meant at the time, but looking back I know it was a message to all of us, to tell the Good News! Good news should never be kept in, it should be shared, especially when it benefits us all.
The song lyrics say, “Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is Lord!
After Jesus died and rose again, He left us a command. “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” – Mark 16:15
In Matthew 28 after Jesus rose from the dead, the two Mary’s ran with great joy to tell His disciples that He was alive! Some doubted but of course they had to check it out. I often think women have an easier time believing sometimes 😉 We are the prayer warriors for our families. There was joy at his birth, and joy after his death, and joy during his resurrection. Jesus conquered death so that we might have great Joy again.
Jesus told Mary to tell his brothers to meet Him in Galilee, as He had already gone before them. (The Lord will never ask us to do something and not go before us.) He planned to give them a special message on the mountain. Jesus did a lot of preaching on mountains. The sermon on the mount (Matthew 5) Moses received the ten commandments on a mountain… Perhaps at the highest point on the earth, is where you feel closest to God. So a mountain is symbolic of being close to the heavens.
Jesus told them:
“Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!”Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:16-20
I believe that God is saying, Go to the mountains so that all will see. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to climb a mountain physically, but spiritually. Be in constant communication with God and His word. Live your life in such a way that people see your joy, and want to know what the good news is! Mary might have been the first one to carry the gospel, but we now have a story in each of us to share also. We ALL have a story, but Jesus is the true author. (Hebrews 12:2, Acts 3:15)
When I first became a Christian, I was influenced by an individual I worked with. She constantly had a smile on her face, and she was just so kind and generous. She was….different. I really wanted to get to know her, I didn’t know why, I just felt drawn to her. A positive attitude can really rub off on people! Not all…but most. After sitting with her for a while over many coffees/teas, I realized she was a Christian and her source of Joy was because of Jesus. She eventually invited me to go to church with her, and it was the best decision of my life. It wasn’t long before I was baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit and singing my own tune with a smile on my face 🙂
This is not to say I don’t go through trials. Life send us trials of many kinds, and it isn’t always easy. But I rest in the gospel message, because I know what God came to do, and I have the hope of a beautiful future in Him, eternally. Even during the wintry hour of life, we can find Joy.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” – James 1:2
A wise man once said, “Problems are Only Opportunities in Work Clothes.” – Henry J. Kaiser
In other words blessings can come in disguise. If you are finding yourself in a tough situation, remember it is the perfect ground for God to work into something beautiful. To create beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) Just as the Lord took our sinful state, and sent Jesus to paint a better picture for us. To write a better chapter in our story, and provide us with some good news that we can shout it from the Mountaintops! Extra Extra, read all about it!