High School youth groups often talk about a “mountaintop experience.” Normally, this means a time in which a group of kids have an emotionally stirring weekend camp trip and everyone comes home “on fire” for Jesus. There is a lot of good to be said about such experiences. There is also wisdom in being cautious about them. But, I am not here to comment on them today. I am here to show you THE greatest mountaintop experience in the history of history. We are presented with it in Isaiah 25, when Isaiah describes the reward of God’s chosen ones. Here is what it says:
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And he will swallow up son this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
This mountain is the mountain of God. And this feast is the marriage supper of the Lamb, where all of God’s chosen people will join together in eternal celebration of the Lamb who was slain to turn sinners into children.
There was always a lot of cautionary advice surrounding the “mountaintop experience” when I was in high school. The concern was that we would just seek the experience and not God Himself. That is wise counsel to follow. But here, in Isaiah 25, we can seek the experience itself, because the experience itself is communion with the God of heaven. And seeking communion with God is seeking God. He is our treasure. He is our prize. to be with Him is to gain Him, and we gain Him if we seek Him. There is no greater experience. It is what we were made for. It is what we were saved for. Let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation.