So as a storyteller, this passage sort of “gelled” when I realized it was on a mountain — not in the temple, or a locked room, or around a table — it was on a mountain. And Jesus is saying to “Go, therefore, to all nations” — from a mountain you can see (at least on a clear day) a long way. You have a feeling of seeing the whole world and far more, anyway, than your normal daily paths. I got a sort of picture in my mind of Jesus sweeping his arms out to the whole world. Or maybe even he pointed to Phillip and pointed in the direction of India and so on.
And then this verse — “And Jesus came and said to them…” Where did he come from? Wasn’t he there on the mountaintop? What’s going on?
“When they saw him, they worshiped him….
And Jesus came and said….”
I visualize that Jesus was floating in the air, descending down to the mountaintop. All could see him. And while some doubted — maybe something is wrong with my eyes — they all worshiped him. If we saw someone floating down to a mountaintop, clearly worship is a fine reaction!
So in giving the Tell, I tried looked up at “When they saw him…” and I swept my arms out and a little down, at “Go, therefore” to all nations…”
Just a tiny bit of movement to expand the story. I think it did anyway!
Plus there’s more.
What mountain near Galilee would this be? Perhaps the mountain where the sermon on the Mount took place?
Or perhaps being on a mountain is to free the disciples from temple-worship — God is everywhere?
Moses went up to a Mountain and came back down with the Ten Commandments. Mountains are important imagery in Matthew.
So — may we have a chance to get to a high place and breath in the view and feel the air. And worship God!