And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” -John 1:51 (NASB)
My little boy, like any enthusiastic child, wants to climb any ladder I produce. Sometimes, though, he gets a little too enthusiastic and misses a step, but I’m there to catch him and remind him to take it slowly.
At the end of the first chapter of the Book of John, Jesus tells Nathanael, one of his first disciples, that he hasn’t seen anything yet…that Jesus will reveal Himself to be the direct link between man on earth and our Father in heaven. By saying this, Jesus references Jacob’s ladder:
He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. -Genesis 28:12 (NASB)
Sometimes, as God’s children, we can also get a bit too enthusiastic to get all the way up there already…and we can slip and fall as we want to do things in our haste and timing, and not His. But He is always there no matter how well or poorly we climb. We just need to keep climbing.
Jesus made the bloody, hard-won ascent to connect us here on earth to His Father in heaven. He’s suffered infinitely more than we could ever imagine to be the ladder for us to climb. Let’s never give up climbing ever upward for and to Him, rung by rung!