Beginning with St. Matthew 28:16, we read that Jesus and the eleven travel up the mountain to receive the Great Commission.
But why a mountain? To remind the eleven of both Moses and Adam. One with the Mountain from where they received the Ten Commandments and the other Mountain of the Garden of Eden where they received the “Dominion Mandate.”
The first dominion mandate is often called the “cultural mandate” given to Adam and Eve on the sixth day of creation. Here Jesus uses the same geography and imagery to remind us of the intention of redemption – Paradise Restored!