John 1:51 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:51, NIV: "He then added, 'Very truly I tell you, you will see 'heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on' the Son of Man.'"

John 1:51, ESV: "And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”"

John 1:51, KJV: "And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

John 1:51, NASB: "And He said to him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.'"

John 1:51, NLT: "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.'"

John 1:51, CSB: "Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”"

What does John 1:51 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus gives a tiny preview of the miracles in store for the disciples. When speaking to Nathanael, Jesus had mentioned Israel, who was formerly named Jacob. In Genesis 28:12, Jacob dreamed about a ladder between earth and heaven, with angels on it. Jesus is making a subtle reference to the reason for His ministry: to serve as the connection between men and God. Christ also uses the seventh and most important of the seven names of chapter 1: "The Son of Man." This is one of Jesus' favorite terms for Himself. It refers to a major prophecy of the Messiah, in Daniel 7:13. Jewish people who heard the phrase, "Son of Man" would know exactly what He was referring to: the Savior and King of Israel. True miracles are always meant to deliver a message from God. The gospel of John records seven miracles specifically to prove that Jesus is God. When Jesus says, "You will see," the Greek word is plural. In other words, "you (all) will see…" which means His prediction was for all of the disciples.