Alpha and Omega
“I am the Alpha and the Omega" (Revelation 22:13).
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet.
Omega is the last letter.
To say Jesus is the Alpha means he is the beginning of all things.
He always was.
To say Jesus is the Omega means he is the end of all things.
He always will be.
The first and the last stand for everything in between.
Think of the 26 letters of the English alphabet.
You can spell any word you like if you know all 26 letters.
Take the words of Shakespeare,
Add the words of Hemingway and Faulkner,
Throw in the words of Orwell, Byron, and Chaucer.
As magnificent as they are, they are all bound by those 26 letters.
They could not go beyond the alphabet itself.
Our Lord contains within himself all truth.
He is the complete truth.
He is the final truth.
He stands before all things,
And all things find their purpose in him.
Jesus is the first and the last.
In him all things have their beginning.
His glory will be their end.
He is the All-Inclusive Lord.
He always was, always is, and always will be.
Before time and throughout eternity, he is Lord.
He is the great I AM.
All that we need, we find in him.
It is said that the early Christians, facing persecution and death,
Engraved on their tombs the Greek symbols for Alpha and Omega.
He is all we need in this life.
He is all we need in the moment of death.
He is all we need for eternity.
Lord of all things, you are the beginning and the end. You are Lord of all our tomorrows. Uphold us by your mighty hand. Amen.
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