Back in the day, when I used to be a guitar teacher, almost every student wanted to learn Led Zeppelin’s, Stairway to Heaven. This 70’s hit has been the go to song for most beginning guitar players for decades. But did you know there is an original version of Stairway to Heaven that predates Zeppelin?
When you listen to Stairway to Heaven, you quickly pick up on a cynical lyric describing a woman who gets whatever she wants without giving it much thought. In other words, her entitled view on life will ultimately lead to “buying a stairway to heaven.” Of course, the premise of the song is saying that it won’t work. Unfortunately, the song goes silent on the solution, with a simple discussion about a piper and wind. But it does raise a good question for all of us to consider. What are you relying on to for security and happiness in this life and the life to come? This is where the original version of Stairway to Heaven reveals something very important.
In the Bible, Jesus addresses this whole stairway to heaven theme by stating, “… it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) In other words, whatever temporary happiness you can buy in this life won’t have any eternal values so don’t fool yourself. Jesus goes on to provide the solution by stating that He is actually the stairway to heaven. That’s right, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) This means that there is only one way to heaven (i.e. to the Father), which leaves very little wiggle room for an alternative.
The reason Jesus was so adamant is because He came on a rescue mission to save mankind from hell because we can’t save ourselves. He came to die on the cross for our sins so we can receive the free gift of eternal life when we trust in Him as our Lord and Savior (see my blog “Hell No”). So this means that there is no sense “buying a stairway to heaven” because Jesus has already bought it for you and me!
So as you pull out the guitar and try to work through all the chord changes of the Zeppelin 70’s classic Stairway to Heaven, may it be a reminder of Jesus (the only stairway to heaven) and His sacrifice and love for you.
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