Surely the LORD is in This Place

“And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, ‘I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.’
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.” Genesis 28:10-19  (KJB)

As Jacob journeyed to Haran, the land which Abraham departed from; to find himself a wife he spent this night in the cool air of Luz.  The LORD gave him a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder which “reached to heaven”.  On this night Jacob met the God of Abraham and Isaac, and became one of the fathers of our faith.

Faith is not dependent upon seeing a ladder which reaches to heaven.  Our faith is based on the death, the burial, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In the flesh Jesus is a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is, however, much more than a man.  Jesus is the God-Man… God became flesh and dwelt among us (read John 1:1, 14).

Heaven is open to you today because God came down to us in His Son, and He died for us, was buried carrying all our sin, shame, guilt, and condemnation away to the grave and leaving them there; then, He rose from the grave.

Jacob named the place where he slept “Bethel” which means “House of God”.  You can be the place where God dwells by placing your faith in Christ Jesus.

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