The fly slipped inside as the cold air poured past him onto the covered patio. The grandsons were visiting and the back door was left ajar — again. They’d been reminded, gently at first and then more sternly as the afternoon passed, yet to no avail. The door separating the kitchen, and their badminton game suited them better when left wide-open. As I closed the door behind them, the Father reminded me that His Son had left a door open, too.
We first glimpse it through the eyes of three of the gospel writers at Jesus’ baptism. “And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him” (Mark 1:10). The Greek original in Mark’s version is most expressive, depicting a violent ripping open of the heavens. He uses this same word (schizo) used at the end of his gospel when he describes the veil of the temple being torn in two from top to bottom (Mark 15:38).
Hundreds of years earlier, Isaiah had beseeched God to “rend the heavens and come down” (Isaiah 64:1). Now, just after Jesus’ baptism, this very prayer was answered. The heavens were not only opened but left standing open from that day forward.
Just before his death, Stephen said, “I see the heavens opened up” (Acts 7:56). Peter saw the “sky opened up” in his Joppa vision (Acts 10:11). And on the Isle of Patmos, the Apostle John mentions this phenomenon twice (Revelation 4:1;19:11). All four of these are in the perfect passive tense of the verb meaning “to be or stand open.”
The door to the heavenlies is standing open for you and me! Bulging with resources and abundant beyond measure, the riches of the heavenlies are awaiting our access.
But how do we access such wealth? Jesus revealed the answer just months after His baptism. “You shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51). Christ is the fulfillment of Jacob’s dream ladder between our realm and God’s.
Christ is the fulfillment of Jacob's dream ladder. He spans the gap between our realm and God's Click To Tweet
The One Who became flesh and tabernacled among us (John 1:14), the One Who was found in appearance as a man (Philippians 2:7), the One Who was seen and heard and handled (1 John 1:1) — He is the One Whose highly exalted reach bridges us through the open door (Philippians 2:8-9). He alone grants us access to the Father by standing as our ladder to God (Ephesians 2:18).
Every tear we shed in private; every prayer we groan in secret, every desire we cry in unison, ascends through His Name into the open throne room of God. Our cries climb the Ladder to plead with God, and the answers descend on that same Ladder. He is the Way, both of presenting our requests and receiving them.
Our cries climb the Ladder of Christ to plead with God, and the answers descend on that same Ladder Click To Tweet
The feet of our Ladder stands firmly within us. The top of our Ladder pierces through the heavenlies. Our Living Ladder continuously makes intercession for us, mediating between heaven and earth for the blood-bought rights we now own (Hebrews 7:25). He is the track for processing all requests and the course for dispensing all supplies.
Will you reach out today to grasp the bottom rung? The power of the Ladder is resting within you.