“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” Genesis 28:10-16 NLT
“Then he [Jesus] said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.” John 1:51 NLT
God lives in heaven. Yet He walked in the Garden Of Eden on earth. Adam and Eve could hear his footsteps:
“When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.” Genesis 3:8 NLT
After Adam and Eve’s fall fear became a part of their reality. They heard the footsteps of God walking in the Garden and hid themselves from Him. It is impossible for sinful humans to stand in the presence of the Lord. But if sin is removed there is no guilt, judgment, or fear. Then one can have communion with God. (Isaiah 6:1-13) This is how it was before the fall in the Garden, and how it will be for all mankind again after Christ’s thousand year reign when all things are made new. God himself will be joined with people. He will not only walk among them, he will even live with them:
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-5 NIV
Wow! What a glorious future for mankind! The only thing that separates unrepentant man from God is sin. Not the different worlds we live in. As Revelation shows God and all mankind will be united again. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. All things will be made new. There will be no more death, crying, pain, mourning, etcetera, because there will be no more sin. All these undesirables are the effects of sin.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 NLT
Jesus did just that. He removed the barrier between us and God, opening the way to heaven:
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NLT
As stated in John 1:51, Jesus is the stairway that links heaven and earth together. He is the stairway (or ladder) that Jacob saw in his dream connecting heaven and earth. Had it not been for the Lamb (Jesus) removing sin, no one could have a relationship with God. He literally bore our sins on himself:
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
Jesus; the only man who never sinned, was the perfect, unblemished, sacrifice to God for our sins. Just as one man (Adam) sinned and got us into this mess (Romans 5:12), the second Adam (Jesus) who never sinned and didn’t fall for Satan’s lies like the first man (Matthew 4:1-11), got us out of great trouble. The first man sold us all as slaves to sin. The second man (Jesus) redeemed us back to God, saving us from sin and eternal death. We who believe are even now joined to God through our faith in Jesus Christ.
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NLT
Believers in Jesus share the most intimate relationship with God. (John 14:6) They have been redeemed and made right with Him already. Jesus is the stairway that joins heaven and earth, God and mankind.
“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT
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