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John 1:51

John 1:51

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Published by John Shearhart
Jesus reveals to His disciples that He is Jacob’s ladder; He’s the Gate between heaven and earth!
Jesus reveals to His disciples that He is Jacob’s ladder; He’s the Gate between heaven and earth!

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John 1:51
 July 14, 2013
The Gospel of John focuses on the unique being of Jesus Christ as both God and asGod’s Son:…He is the Word from eternity and Jesus of Nazareth.…He is both the God of heaven and the Man on earth.…He’s 100% divine and also 100% human.He has the whole divine essence of the Godhead;He is indivisible from the Father and the Holy Spirit;He is infinite without any beginning;And yet He is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person(Heb. 1:3).If we want to see the invisible God we can only look at Jesus Christ.To put it simply, He is unique.And John’s goal is to show us these things so that we might believe that Jesus isthe Christ, the Son of God; and that believing we might have life through Hisname (Jn. 20:31).Last week we finished up with chapter one, but I want to go back to revisit thevery last verse because there’s so much in it that meets John’s main goal. Jesusshows His omniscience to Nathanael who then believes Jesus is the Son of Godand the King of Israel, but there’s something else Jesus wants him to understand:
 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon theSon of man.
The Greek here is in the plural. It might be better translated as “I say unto you all,
 
Hereafter you all shall see.” What He’s doing is telling these men who He really is.
 
Ye shall see heaven open
.”…Ezekiel talks about seeing the heavens opened “
and I saw visions of God
” (Ez.1:1).…John saw the heavens opened when he baptized Jesus:
 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
(
Mt. 3:16-17).…Steven saw the heavens opened before he died:
 Behold, I see the heavensopened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God
(Acts 7:56).
 
…Peter saw heaven open before God told him to eat pork (Acts 10:11), and down inverse 28 he explains: “
God hath shewed me that I should not call any mancommon or unclean.
…In Revelation John describes seeing the heavens open in His vision of the Word:
 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon himwas called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war 
(Rev. 19:11).The idea is that heaven is opened to them so that they can see some of the great mysteries that are hidden from the world.
and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
 Being a true Israelite, Nathanael wouldn’t have missed the reference. If you goback to Genesis 28:10 you’ll find Jacob running for his life:
 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
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 And he lighted upon a certain place,and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
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 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.
 
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 And,
 
behold, the L
ORD
stood above it, and said, I am the L
ORD
God of Abraham thy  father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, andto thy seed;
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 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spreadabroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in theeand in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
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 And, behold, I amwith thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee
 
again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have
 
 spoken to thee of.
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 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely 
 
the L
ORD
is in this place; and I knew it not.
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 And he was afraid, and said, How 
 
dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of 
 
 heaven.
(Gen. 28:10-17). Jesus identifies Himself as the ladder from Jacob’s dream, and that dream showsthat Jesus is the connection between heaven and earth! Even the angels come backand forth upon Him; this makes me think of Hebrews 1:4 where it says Jesus is
 made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a moreexcellent name than they 
.”When Jacob realizes what’s going on he describes the place as the house of Godand the gate of heaven. How interesting to see Christ in the New Testament calling Himself the gate (Jn. 10:9) and being called the cornerstone of the house of God (Eph. 2:20).
 
 The promises from the Lord in this dream are nothing short of the everlastingcovenant! This is the promise for a seed and for land and for blessing, and it’s thehope of all the nation of Israel and of the whole world. And Christ reveals Himself as the means of the fulfillment of this covenant to these men: yes! He is the Son of God and the King of Israel, and yes; He is the Son of Man. He is the One inHeaven and the One on earth. He is God and He is Man.Let’s close with a few thoughts that show us what this means:#1- Jesus is the
Revealer
of all spiritual truth. Everything we know about God isbecause of Christ. There are some who mix what they know about God with what men say or what they’ve experienced, but Christ is the only way to know anything.Our hearts are wicked and deceitful and no man has ever seen God, but Christ isin the bosom of the Father and has declared Him!#2- Jesus is our
Mediator
between heaven and earth. There’s only one for man. Inthe Old Testament this was typified in the high priest, but in Christ we have thesubstance of the shadow. He’s the One who stands on our behalf and who coveredour sins. He’s the one who satisfied the wrath of God.#3- Jesus is our
Sacrifice
. As a spirit God cannot offer the blood sacrifice requiredto pay the sin debt, but He took on the flesh of a human so that He could spill Hisblood for us. Again, we have the shadow in the Old Testament, but in Christ wesee the fulfillment.#4- Jesus is both God and Man: We call this His
Hypostasis
. He is able to see uswherever we are and also to feel the weaknesses of our flesh. He’s not more of oneor the other. He is fully divine and human. He’s is the form of God and the exact representation of His character, and yet He took on the form of a servant and boreour sin and shame.#5- Jesus is our example in
Humiliation
. The God who is superior to angels andwho thought it not robbery to be called God laid aside His former glory and tookon the form of a servant. He who is called Life submitted to death that we might live. This is an example to us: that as He has done for us so we might do for eachother (Jn. 13:15). A true assembly of believers ought to be the mist humble place onearth. We don’t care about outward appearances and we help each other as onebody. There’s genuine love and concern that goes out of its way to help.#6- Jesus is our
Representative
Man as the Second Adam. We were born intoAdam and suffer from all his weaknesses. He was our representative and we sharein his guilt. But the Son of Man is our Second Adam. We die to this flesh and are

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