“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it…”- Isaiah 2:2
It was at the death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord that the Mountain was exalted and established as the highest of the mountains. The world was full of high places. The landscape was littered with man’s attempts to make a name for himself, to bless himself, to worship something that looked a lot like himself. Israel had its high places as well. These hills tended to benefit a select few who happened to be close enough to the top. But everything else flowed downhill and was gone.
At the great central point in all of history, when Christ was brought to the lowest point possible by being lifted up on a tree, the one great act of humiliation resulted in the greatest moment of exaltation. Christ was raised up not only from the depths of the grave but to the heights of heaven. He became the highest of the mountains. And this Mountain does not benefit the few who are lucky, shrewd, or gifted enough to be near the top. What happened when Christ was lifted up far above all other high places? Things started to flow uphill. The nations flowed up to the mountain. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”-John 12:32
Israel was set as a city on a hill to draw the nations to God. Instead, they made it their own little high place and few ventured there. If we exalt ourselves, if we build up in order to set ourselves apart, the flow will always be away from us. If we humble ourselves, if we see that there is only one Mountain and everyone else is valley low needing desperately to lift up our eyes, then the world will be swept up into the upward flow of God’s grace to heights we have never imagined and views that are indescribable.