He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth,
with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were
ascending and descending on it (Gn 28:12).
He lay for the night, in a certain place, spent and on the run. With a rock for his pillow, at the gate of heaven, he named the place Bethel, the house of God.
In a dream, he saw a way open up between heaven and earth.
The way could only be seen in a dream. He could only go so far as a closed gate. But God allowed Jacob to see, in a divinely given vision, that there was a way into the heavenly realm.
The Lord then restated His covenant previously made with Abraham and Isaac. He promised to be with Jacob until all had come to pass (Gn 28:13).
The With-Us-God blessed Jacob to see the way to God—a way that would not be realized for millennia to come.
But when Love came down—birthed in a Bethlehem stable—He brought our way to God.
The Way is not a place, but a Person. And the angels of God would ascend and descend upon Him, as foretold.
Very truly I tell you, you will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on” the Son of Man (Jn 1:51).
Upon meeting Nathanael, at the start of His ministry and the calling of the Twelve, Jesus referred to Jacob’s dream. He was connecting the dots. He was stating His purpose. And later declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6).
Jesus not only made a way for us . . . He is the Way.
It is a way He opened by His blood and obedience. A way planned and prepared in eternity, paved by His death, resurrection, and ascension.
He is The Way—by the grace of God, through faith, we come to the Father.
The Lord showed Jacob that ancient night that there was a way to the Father. Then provided that Way.
He has come, and He is with us, until all shall come to pass.