Jacob's Ladder

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Genesis 28:10-22

And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it

reached to heaven. (v. 12)

Jacob had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top
reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Recently two young men, one 17 and the other 22, died of drug overdoses in our
neighborhood, within the space of one week. They came from difficult family situations
with little hope. They were trying, I think, to find something to get them out of their
troubles in this life. They were hoping that the right mix of music and medicine could
save them.

In a classic rock anthem of the same name, Led Zeppelin sings about a “Stairway to
Heaven.” My young friends did not find the stairway through drugs. We can’t build ladders
long enough or develop chemicals powerful enough to take us out of our troubles. According
to the Bible there is only one ladder to eternity, only one stairway to heaven.

Jesus descends to earth. Jesus ascends to heaven. He takes Jacob’s dream and makes it a
reality. Jesus opens the door to Bethel (the house of God). He unlocks the “gate of

Two young men from our neighborhood didn’t hear that soon enough. I wonder if there is
someone you could tell before it is too late?


Thank you, Jesus, that you are the stairway to heaven for all who have faith.

Show me someone who needs to hear that today.