Jesus: Stairway to heaven
Here’s another messianic prophecy in Genesis—at least it is a Genesis incident that Jesus applied to Himself, and one worth deep meditation. In Genesis 28:12, sleeping Jacob sees a ladder stretched between heaven and earth with angels ascending and descending on it. When he wakes up, he exclaims, “What an awesome place! This must be the house of God [Heb. bethel]!” About 1600 years later, Jesus tells Nathanael, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (John 1:51).
By commandeering the Bethel image Jesus is making a remarkable claim. He does not merely show the way to God; He IS the way! And we can add, “He is the way” (John 14:6). No one comes to the Father except through Him.
Please join me in this little exercise: Look up in the sky and focus on a particular spot. Now imagine a tear developing there and divine hands pulling it apart to reveal the bright glory of heaven. “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,” Isaiah prayed (Isaiah 64:1). And that is exactly what God did in the person of Jesus Christ. He came down that we might go up.