Matthew 5:1 ….”and seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain and when he was set, his disciples came unto him…”
This sermon was/is meant only for those who were willing to ascend to it.
The first lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is the realization that a true disciple must go to the Lord to receive the message.
It is the choice of each individual. A journey. One has to come unto Christ to receive the lesson needed for the journey toward discipleship, the outline for who he or she might become.
Once we physically move to Christ then we can spiritually come to Christ by applying the beatitudes.
…moving to Christ may mean that we have to give something up, leave things/persons behind, remove ourselves from something (fleeing). What is it that holds us back from coming to Christ?
In the Book of Mormon Mosiah 18:1….”And now, it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of King Noah, repented of his sins and iniquities, and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi–
In that moment that Alma fled, everything changed for him. The course of his life changes forever. He was ready and willing to ascend and come unto Christ.
Who else has FLED or ASCENDED the mountain to Come unto Christ….
Moses: Exodus 3;1, Exodus 4:27 and Exodus 24:12-13 …And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me… don’t you just love that, it is a special invitation to Moses and I believe it is extended to each of us…”come up to me…”
The Brother of Jared: Ether 3:1 carried the stones he had molten out of a rock to the mount of the Lord
One of my favorites...I Nephi 11:1 & I Nephi 17:7
Nephi was caught away in an exceeding high mountain to see a vision , then instructed to “arise, and get thee into the mountain. I ponder on those words and wonder, do I watch for and prepare for high mountain experiences?? (That will be a study to come!)
There are many examples in the scriptures of the journey that others went through to Come unto Christ. The one thing that I do know, is that it is not a destination, it’s the direction we are moving.
Time and time again the scriptures tell us that Christ himself, went up into the mountain…where is your mountain? Where is that holy space where you turn to Him?