Jacob’s Ladder

Wilbur Washington

READ : Acts 26:9-18


We sing it quite frequently in youth conferences and where the young in spirit are assembled. Perhaps it’s the beat and effortless harmony that attracts and holds us in its grasp. What about the message? “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder – soldiers of the cross.”

When reading the story of Jacob’s vision of the ladder, at first one notices the angels. But the activity of the angels on the ladder fades, as attention is drawn to one who stands speaking to the dreamer, “I am the Lord, the God of your fathers . . . I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you.”

So it’s not the “we” who climb up the ladder, but it is the “I am” (God) who comes down. It is He who later came down and appeared among us in the person of Jesus who said, “I am . . . .” He promises, “I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

Therefore, we continue to sing that melody with its easy harmony. As we sing we go on to sections that ask: “Sinner do you love my Jesus? If you love him why not serve him?” Sinners who love Jesus have changed their downward plunge and are drawn upward by His cross. It’s a climb away from self to serving God through serving mankind in Christ’s name.


Thank You, Father, for Jacob’s ladder which leads us to Jesus’ cross. Amen.