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Jesus, Our Ladder

My Pastoral Ponderings

Jesus said, “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

Jesus makes an amazing promise in John 1:51 – that his disciples would see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. It is an incredible promise that is even more amazing, I think, when we place it alongside a very famous story from the Old Testament – the story of Jacob’s Ladder.

This story is recorded in Genesis, and it is the story of a dream that Jacob had in which there is a ladder set up on the earth, but reaching to heaven itself. And on this ladder there were angels of God, ascending and descending. And in this dream, the Lord stood beside Jacob, and repeated the promises that he had made to…

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