When You Come Down From The Mountain Top


And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. — Acts 1:9-12

Over my lifetime, I cannot recall how many times I have had a mountain top experience just like the one the disciples have here. One that is so memorable you don't want it to end. It's often an experience that feels like you have seen the living and resurrected Christ. And while you don't want it to end. It has to end. And that's what these angelic beings are telling the disciples.

You see, our mountain top experiences are worshipful, and we need them. But at some point, we have to carry that worship out into everyday life. And so these disciples, just like us, have to come down from the mountain. They must literally walk down the Mount of Olives. The geographic location where they were was just a short distance from Jerusalem. In fact, they could look down on the famed city of Jerusalem. It was in full view. It was no more than 3000 feet from them, which is the max distance a Jewish believer could walk on a Sabbath Day. Thus the reference to a Sabbath Day's walk.

And I think it's that 3000-foot walk in our life that is critical. And here is why. On the mountain, God gives us a great message. We receive a message from God. It could be a message of conviction, repentance, revelation, or change. And this message is worshipful. But God wants us to carry the message 3000 feet. He wants us to bring it down the mountain with us, into our city, the region, and to the end of the earth.

So today, come down the mountain. Abraham had to come down the mountain. Moses had to come down the mountain. Elijah had to come down the mountain. Peter, James, and John had to come down the mountain. And so must we. So come down with enthusiasm sharing the message of what Christ has done in you.

ASK THIS: What message has God given to you? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: Share the message.

PRAY THIS: God, reveal your message through me to the world. May I carry it 3000 feet further today than I did yesterday.

PLAY THIS: Because He Lives.


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When You Come Down From The Mountain Top

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19 thoughts on “When You Come Down From The Mountain Top

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    We can’t STAY on the mountaintop, nor were we MEANT to stay on the mountaintop. To quote Jesus, and if memory serves, post-resurrection Jesus, “In this world you WILL have troubles, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.”

  2. Stan Stephenson says:

    We are all broken but He is the great healer and redeemer and in Jesus He makes beauty from ashes.

  3. Sheldon says:

    A message of repentance, that the world needs to hear i thank him for giving to the message of repentance God grant the boldness to proclaim it where ever i may go.

  4. Rich Thomas says:

    That initial response after the mountaintop experience is so important. That’s where we either continue our worship or just let it be a memory.

  5. Lynn says:

    God came to me and told me he would never leave me. I pray I connect with others in hard places to share His gospel.

  6. Dennis James says:

    Even though it seems at times I am in the valley and alone, I remember that these times strengthen my faith and cling to the promises that HE will never leave or forsake me and that in HIM I have victory. Praise God for His endless promises.

    • Rex says:

      The message of love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ my Savior. But it is hard pray that I can be a person of forgiveness

      • Dennis James says:

        Forgiveness is a tough one Brother and being honest, I think we all struggle with that one. Where I try to focus is this scripture:
        Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  7. Dave Benson says:

    Great teaching Vince! There’s a reason for our mountain top experience: so we can carry the enthusiasm that God created in to the valley and encourage others!

  8. Cory B says:

    My past doesn’t define me and I am not who other people say I am. I am still a sinner, which means I need to lean harder into God and not away from Him. I can not do it on my own and I don’t have to.

  9. Steve George says:

    I must share in the suffering of Jesus with patient obedience trusting the Holy Spirit will sustain me with a willing spirit.

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