Saturday, January 29, 2011

I discovered the most remarkable thing just now in my studying.

Book of John. Jesus encounters Nathanael, gives him the word of knowledge of, “I saw you under the fig tree” (Jn 1: 48) which stuns Nathanael and elicits the response, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (:49) to which Jesus responds, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these…Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Now we are all very familiar with this passage, but when the study notes from my “Excellencies of Christ” course made the statement that Jesus depicts himself as a ladder in this passage, my response was, “what? Where? I don’t see the word 'ladder' anywhere.”

But then of course, we are drawn back to the reference of the story of Jacob in the Old Testament (Gen 28:10+). Jacob sees angels ascending and descending upon a ladder and the Lord in this dream declares his faithful presence with Jacob and that through his offspring, all the families of the earth would be blessed.

This must have been quite a comfort for Jacob to hear considering he was hiding away from his murderous brother Esau.

Fast-forward again to Jesus, his use of the same language, and you see that he truly IS calling himself a ladder: “you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (emphasis mine.) This open heaven that Jesus speaks of is the same open heaven that Jacob dreamed of: The direct line of heaven touching earth, only with the arrival of Jesus, He himself became the direct line through which this open passage of the Kingdom of Heaven coming down to the earth was/is made possible.

He is the Mediator of the Kingdom.

He, the Divine Son of Man, is the ladder.

He is the one bringing the divine activity of God down to overthrow the kingdom of darkness with the very finger of God.

Amen, Hallelujah.

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