HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“ And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12
“In the days of Jacob,” William Hazlitt writes wistfully and poignantly, “there was a ladder between Heaven and earth, but now the heavens are gone farther off and have become unreachable.”
Let me rejoice that for the believing heart, the very reverse is the case. The heavens have drawn nearer. They have become familiar and accessible. Is not Jesus the blessed Reality of which Jacob’s rocky ladder was only the symbol? He assures me, “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
Jesus brings the Almighty Father near to me — as the Bethel ladder did for the Patriarch. In Him, the everlasting God clothes Himself in my nature and carries my infirmities. He proclaims the forgiveness of all my sins, as the divine Voice did for the guilty fugitive; for this end, He was born, died, and rose again. He transfigures my weary and wilderness life — through Him a living pathway is open to me at every moment into the Holiest of all. He alters the aspect of the world, as He did for Jacob, who could see now in the darkest places, the staircase climbing to the sky! I believe in Christ, and I know that there is hope and healing for all redeemed men.
My heavens are not unreachable; they are my Father’s house, and Jesus draws Him and them close to me. Through my Saviour — His angels descend, and His grace, and His light, and His power. Through my Saviour — my prayers ascend, and my faith, and my hope, and my songs of praise. Through Him, I myself shall ascend one day!
Make haste and come Lord Jesus.