Day 6: Heaven Opened
Read: John 1:43-50
It’s said that who you know is the factor that will bring success in life. Yes, talent, drive, personality, etc. opens doors; but when a hundred talented candidates apply for the same job, it’s the recommendation of someone who the company’s managers know well that is often the deciding factor. I’ve been offered to babysit for families I do not know, take photographs, and write for people who didn’t know me or for projects that I didn’t have the on-paper qualifications for because of the connections I had to those families and projects.
In this passage, Jesus called two more of the twelve disciples, Phillip and Nathanael, to follow Him. Nathanael knew Jesus was God because Jesus knew who he was before they met. Jesus told him that this miracle was tiny compared to all that He would do. In verse 51 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
The ultimate wonder that Jesus would do is be the tie between humanity and the divine. This is said to be the meaning by his mention of the angels ascending and descending on Him. Because Jesus is both human and God, He is the mediator between God and man.
Everything that we haven’t been able to do, Jesus did. He lived the perfect life. He died the death we deserve. He was raised to a new life. He rose to heaven. When we trust that all of this is true, we’re covered by His life and death. All that belongs to Jesus is ours. In Himself, Jesus reconciles us to God.
Go on a date with God this week. Schedule a time to sit down at a coffee shop, go on a walk, or do something that you would do with a friend or significant other and spend time with Him. Rejoice in the life and grace you are given through Jesus.
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