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
All men feel that earth and heaven touch at the horizons of the distant past and future, but we ought to feel that the present moment of time and this bit of the world’s surface are linked with heaven. This is what the ladder meant for Jacob. The moorland waste, where he lay, and Laban’s home, whither he journeyed, were as near God as his father’s tent. Earth is linked with heaven:
- By God’s daily providence. – His loving eye is ever upon us, His ears always open to our cry, and His angels go to and fro on our world performing ceaseless ministries.
- By our Saviour’s mediation. – As He intimated to Nathanael, His own nature as uniting God with man, and especially His Ascension glory as of the man Christ Jesus, is the one great connecting link. “Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
- By daily fellowship and holy thought. – We should practice the sense of God’s presence, often stopping ourselves amid our ordinary avocations and interests to say, aloud when possible,’ God is near, God is here.” In all likelihood, we are daily living amid the glories of the eternal world, but our eyes are blinded. Oh, that by humility and purity we may become more sensitive, and awake to the things that are unseen and eternal! Lord, open our eyes, that we may see! (2 Kings 6:17).
- By holy yearning. – When Jesus ascended, He unrolled a path behind Him, along which we shall one day travel to meet Him. Hope treads that glorious Ascension ladder; and as she does so, again we see the heaven opened, and our destiny unfolded at Christ’s right hand.