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Sermons and Reflections

Mountain Top News – Reflection for 26 February 2017

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The old gospel hymn ‘GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN’ is the retelling of the greatest story

ever told. The hymn tells us to seek the highest places and once there proclaim that Christ is born.

Moses ascended the mountain, Jesus goes up the mountain, Peter, James and John have been to the mountain top and witnessed the glory of God and lived to tell about it. They heard the voice from the cloud. They saw Moses and Elijah, the pillars of the Jewish Faith with Jesus! They know the truth and they still made mistakes, all this gives hope in a time of chaos.

Go tell it, what do I tell, the good news that salvation has arrived. Go shout from the mountain top, we have been redeemed, by God through his son, Jesus the Christ. Go tell it on the mountain that the Holy Light of the Creator is in the world. Go to the highest place, physically, spiritually, emotionally and proclaim that Jesus Christ is born, never to die again and is raised to life everlasting. This is the good news that the hymn speaks of, everyday, not just at Christmas time.

From the mountain top death has no place to hide. From the top there are no shadows of ‘what if’ or ‘I can’t forgive myself’, as the Holy Light shines on all.

The Holy invites people into relationship with a promise of redemption. The message is simple and adheres to the principle of K.I.S.S. or better known as ‘keep it simple stupid’, Jesus Christ was born, died on a cross accepting my sins as though they were his, buried (very important as the dead stink) was raised from the grave and walked among the disciples eating and drinking, something that ghosts don’t do, ascended into the clouds (the physical manifestations for God’s presence into the creation) seated on the right hand of God, never to die again! From there Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.

Rejoice and again I say rejoice, Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, we are redeemed and marked as God’s own.