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Follow Today's reading: Isaiah 60-62 ; John 1
Today’s readings are Isaiah 60 – 62 and John 1. We are reading from the New Living Translation.
Jesus calls himself the Stairway. Prophets like Isaiah and John the Baptist were calling Jesus the Light, the Anointed One, the Messiah. But here, at the end of this chapter, Jesus calls himself the Stairway.
Then he said, I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. (Jn1:51 NLT)
Jesus has come to unite heaven with earth, to bring the two together, he is the self described stairway between both. This is Jesus dream for the world, union with God. he beacons us to pray God’s will on heaven as it is on earth. Jesus has made this union a reality in his incarnation, atonement and ascension, that’s the gospel. And Now he invites the whole world to live in this new reality. He is stairway, and he is inviting us to take steps with him, in his life, the life that he shares with the Father and Spirit. He has come to call us to follow him, like Nathaniel, sitting there, earth bound under his tree, he invites him and us to see something greater things. union between God and man, union between heaven and earth.
Jesus is the stairway. And in him we will live and move and have our being – In him we can move from under our trees, upward and forward, receiving grace, strength, light and hope as we follow him. Rejoice while you are on the stairs, moving upward and forward in Him.