John 1:43-51: Jacob’s Ladder

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John 1:43-51: Jacob’s Ladder

October 5, 2021


Jeremiah 10-11Ecclesiastes 3:16-22John 1:43-51James 2:14-26

John 1:43-51:

[Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the Bible study guide.]

Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points:

  • Read the story of Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28. What is Jesus saying about how that story is now fulfilled in him?
  • If Jesus is the one and only through whom “heaven [is] opened” (1:51), how should we then prioritize our lives?
  • How should we emphasize evangelism?
  • How should we emphasize missions?
  • What comfort does this give us as we face our own mortality?


Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.


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