Thou shalt see heaven open, and the angels ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
When was heaven opened, and when did the Son of man become the ladder between earth and heaven? There is but one answer – when Jesus Christ ascended, and in ascending opened heaven, and cast the ladder of His ascending glory swaying between earth and heaven as the link, the bridge of communication. And since then surely we have ‘access into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh.’ And translating the words of Genesis into New Testament phraseology, when we hear God say to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there,’ surely the New Testament phrase is, ‘If then ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above.’
In other words, your failure and mine has too often been our inability, our unwillingness to recognise the position into which Jesus Christ, the second Adam, has brought us in the presence of God. We were born in the first Adam, and our idea when we become convinced of sin is, that this Adam may somehow justify itself before God. Then God comes b y His Spirit and puts away all attempts at self-justification, and we have to receive from the hand of God the righteousness which has been achieved by the only Saviour; and we stand before God from that moment, not having the righteousness of the first Adam, but the imputed righteousness of the second Adam.
Oh, soul, keep in touch with Jesus Christ; do not look at difficulty, do not look at your own weak heart, do not trust to your own resolutions, do not go back on your past: look unto Jesus, Jesus the risen Christ above us, in us, with us for evermore. – F.B. Meyer: Go to Bethel, and Dwell There, 1899
– Daily Thoughts From Keswick