The Ladder

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A ladder. Simple in design and unified in purpose.


Lean it against a tree and you have an aerie. Against a wall and you have an access. Against a hillside and you have an ascent.


Horizontally, it can bridge a chasm. Vertically, it can bridge a realm. A ladder is useful only when there is a gap.


The stronger the ladder, the heftier the carry. The longer the ladder, the higher the gain.


Jacob dreamed of a ladder set on earth with its top reaching to heaven. Connecting temporal to eternal, physical to spiritual, the seen to the unseen, this ladder was a hive of activity. “Behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12). What an amazing load for a ladder.


But, the angels weren’t just worker bees.


They were “ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). That’s me and you. Stunning, isn’t it?


Where then is this ladder, so that we can gain continual access to the supernatural treasures, the abundant resources, and the wisdom of the ages?


You may be surprised at the answer. 


“You shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51).


This One Who became flesh and tabernacled among us (John 1:14), the One Who was found in appearance as a man, this One Who was seen and heard and handled (1 John 1:1)….He is the One Who was also highly exalted (Philippians 2:8-9). This One bridged the separation and gave us access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). This One Who was from the beginning, He became our Ladder to God.


Every tear that we shed in private; every prayer that we groan in secret, every desire that we cry in unison, all are borne through His Name to the throne room of God.


And while our cries ascend the Ladder to plea with God for our needs, our families and our world, they are passed on that same Ladder with the answers for which we have sought.


The Feet of our Ladder stands firmly on earth. The Arms of our Ladder rests securely in heaven.


Simple in design and unified in His purpose, our Living Ladder continuously makes intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). He is the track on which all requests are processed and the course on which all supplies are dispensed.


Will you reach out today to grasp the bottom rung? There is power in giving the Ladder a resting place within you.