Crosspoint Church | Georgetown, TX

Where’s the Stairs?

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This week’s devotions are based on this week’s message: Shadows: A Glimpse of a Stairway!  (WATCH HERE)

If one were to ask you for all the names and images that come to mind when you think about the person and work of Jesus, I would guess that it would take a while to make the list of Jesus as a stairway.  Good Shepherd?  Sure.  Light of the World?  Absolutely.  Stairway?  Uhh…what do you mean?

A stairway allows us access to an area of the building or house that we could not access without the stairway.  We grab a ladder to get to places we can’t reach on our own.  A stairway spans a gap that otherwise would not be accessible.

The Lord chose to use the picture of a stairway with Jacob when he was on the run from his home to his Uncle Laban.  Jacob’s twin brother, Esau, was ready to kill Jacob because he had tricked him out  of his birthright and tricked Isaac into blessing him as if he were Jacob.  Esau was restraining himself until Isaac died, but it was not safe for Jacob at home.  With a day’s journey behind him and the quiet of the night and the reality of his situation on his heart, he laid down to sleep.  

Genesis 28:10–17 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 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. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

As the LORD extends the ladder from his throne to Jacob on earth, he communicates, not a distance, but a desire that Jacob know of his presence and promises.  With words that once again communicate his promises, the angels bring the messages of God to Jacob. 

God could choose many different pictures to reach out to Jacob and assure him of his presence and promises, but he chose a stairway.  The stairway connected Jacob to the throne of God. The stairway connected the presence of God to the loneliness of Jacob.  The stairway connected the words of God to the heart of Jacob. The stairway created a picture of the work of God spanning the gap between sinful humanity and the holiness of God.  The stairway was a glimpse of the person and work of Jesus…more to come this week!


Apply: What picture does a stairway bring to you?  What do you think God was communicating to Jacob and us with the use of a stairway?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for spanning the gap between heaven and earth to be with us and guide us with your promises.  Let the picture of a stairway for the work of Christ become real for us this week.  AMEN.


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