After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. (Matthew 14:23)
Jesus, our Lord and King in exile would often go to a mountaintop or high place to pray to the Father after a long day of ministering to the people, or even in the early hours of the morning before others were awake.
It was on a mountaintop where Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, the higher messages of the Kingdom, to those who were willing to walk up the hillside with Him after a long day with the multitudes below. (Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him Who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, Who brings good tidings of good , Who publishes Salvation.”)
I can visualize Jesus climbing down from a hillside after an early morning praying with His Father in Heaven.. His face aglow with the Holy Spirit., so noticeable to His disciples that they were compelled to ask Him to teach them to pray. And during the event we call “The Transfiguration”, it was on a mountaintop that Jesus was literally transfigured with Divine Light before three of His disciples.
With this Transfiguration the disciples witnessed Jesus as the third Person of the Trinity with their own visible eyes. They would soon have the opportunity to witness Him transfigured again with spiritual eyes. Earthly eyes would not notice His brightness this time. Only all of Heaven and those on Earth with spiritual eyes to see, for this next mountaintop would be Golgotha. At Golgotha, He offered Himself in His most greatest prayer of all for mankind and to the Father. He offered Himself and His torment of dying by crucifixion as a Living Prayer on that cross- the cross on the mountaintop of Golgotha.
At that dark hour on Earth, Heaven saw the greatest of Lights beaming on Earth’s soil below, and that Light was and is Jesus in His offering of Love for all… on a mountaintop♥
“… and there I Am, waiting for you right in the midst of the battle. In the very place where I want your love: beyond and above all things. Above all things- that is where I am. Rise to meet Me always..” (Jesus to Gabrielle Bossis., recorded in “He and I”)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)