Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man.” (John 1:50-51)
Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 7:14 – 9:35
Relate: Jacob was running for his life. He had conspired with his mom, tricked his dad, and cheated his brother. Against his brother this was the last straw and like Cain with Abel, Esau was out for blood. Jacob was convinced enough that this was no idle threat that he fled the promised land quick in such a hurry that he brought nothing with him except the clothes on his back. As the sun went down on the first night of his flight, he rested his head, grabbed a stone for a pillow, and fell into the world of dreams.
Through his dream, God showed him a stairway that stretched from earth to heaven and angels were coming and going on this stairway. At the top of the stairway God Himself speaks. First, He confirms the promise he made first to Abraham and then Isaac. Then, God promised to be with Jacob, to protect him, and to bring him safely back home. Jacob named that place Bethel and, although it took twenty years, it was to Bethel that he did return. By then God had given him a new name. Israel.
React: It is a son of Israel that God calls Nathanael. Then, after Nathanael acknowledges Jesus as the Son of God, Jesus tells Nathanael that, like his ancestor, he will see angels ascending and descending. But there’s a twist. I don’t think I ever caught this before my prayer time today. Jacob saw a stairway. Nathanael will see Jesus who is the “stairway” through which the angels come. Jesus is the stairway. He is the means through which the angels can come to minister to us. He is also the means, the only means, by which we can ascend to heaven.
Jesus, You are the Way. The only Way. I know that yet still, time and again I find myself trying to ascend into Your presence by my own efforts. Jacob did nothing worthy of seeing You and Nathanael received the promise of the same only when he acknowledged that You are God and King. Help me to acknowledge in head heart and soul Your Lordship. You are the Way. Let me ascend it.