Jesus is the True Jacob’s Ladder (John 1:51)

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:47-51)

Here it is again.  Do you see it?  The story of Babel (Genesis 11) and the story of Bethel, where Jacob saw a ladder coming from Heaven (Genesis 28)  and we are still in the first chapter of John.  Babel reveals our inability to reach God.  Bethel reveals that God is reaching down to us.  Jesus promises here that He is the ladder.  He is the one that bridges the gap between God and Men.  No one sees God apart from the way that God has made.  Do you see it.

Application: You will never reach God. You will never please God. You will never even see God apart from going through Jesus Christ. Jesus has come to rescue us and restore us to a right relationship with God.  The message of Heaven is simply this… Emmanuel God with us!


Today I am provoked to praise.  Glory to Jesus Christ for what He has done so that I might know you.  He is indeed the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Guard my heart from being tempted to think that I stand or fall before based on anything to do with me.  It’s all about you.

Morning: Psalm 50

Mid-Day: Psalm 101

Evening : Psalm 2

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4 thoughts on “Jesus is the True Jacob’s Ladder (John 1:51)

  1. Pingback: NI90: John 1-3 « New in 90

  2. Eliezer

    The Pre-Incarnate Jehovah in Jacob’s dream is the Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Jehovah.
    Phillip actually had a more wonderful experience than Jacob although he didn’t recognize it because at the time, his faith was weaker and still growing. Jacob on the other hand had also a wonderful dream but his faith was stronger, so he recognized Jehovah in the dream.
    One of the lessons learned here is that faith is a spiritual telescope. The greater our faith, the easier it is to recognize God and His power in our life and around us.


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