Posted by: Esther | October 18, 2007

The Ladder

The Ladder

When Jacob was running from the threats of his brother Esau, he laid his head on a rock and had a dream.

 

“He had a dream in which he saw a ladder resting in the earth, with its top reaching into heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord…” Genesis 28:12-13

 

A few thousand years later, Jesus went to Galilee and told Philip to follow Him. Philip found Nathaneal and told him that he had found the one Moses wrote about in the Law. Nathaneal was skeptical about anything good coming out of Nazareth, but was soon convinced after Jesus told him that he saw Nathaneal under the fig tree.

 

Then Jesus added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:51

 

Angels ascending and descending on a ladder, on the Son of Man, on Jesus… Jesus is the ladder. And who is at the top of that ladder? Our heavenly Father!

Jesus is our access to our heavenly Father.

 

How? Paul explains in Romans 5:6-11 that when we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God-all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God.

 

And because of God’s grace, there are only two steps on this ladder.

 

Step one – Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord

Step two – Believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead.

 

That’s it! Two steps!

 

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:9-13

 

Have you ascended up those two little steps and met your Heavenly Father? If you have done this for the first time today please let us know. We will lift you up in prayer to resist the temptations in this world.

 

 

 

 


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