December 21: Alpha/Omega, First/Last, Beginning/End, The Christ of Christmas

Read Revelation 1:1-20

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13).

Back in the 1960’s, Friedrich Nietzsche expressed his concern that God was dead in the hearts of modern men. He had been killed by rationalism and science. The result, he feared, would be the loss of accepted standards of morality.

Was Nietzsche right? It depends. To which of those premises shall we respond? Have moral standards that were once widely accepted been jettisoned? Yes. Have misguided rationalism and science contributed to faithlessness in the hearts of some? I am sure that has happened in some instances. Is God dead? No! Though perhaps some have concluded that He does not exist, He is, in reality, very much alive.

Look at the life of Jesus. Several times throughout His life, people tried to kill Him. Herod tried it by killing all the baby boys in Bethlehem, but Jesus still lived.  (See Matt. 2.) Early in His ministry, Pharisees and Herodians plotted together to put Him to death, but He lived on. (See Mk. 3.) Jews wanted to kill Him because of His miracles on the Sabbath and His close identity with the Father, but they didn’t succeed. (See Jn. 5.) Some people became furious and led Him to a cliff to throw Him off, but He walked away from them. (See Lk. 4.) And even when it seemed like His opponents had succeeded by crucifying Him, He rose from the dead. (See Matt. 28, Mk. 16, Lk. 24, Jn. 20, 21.)

He is alive. He always has been. “In the beginning, God . . .” (Gen. 1:1). He is the Alpha, the First, the Beginning. Before time or anything else existed He was already there. He sovereignly created, calling stars, planets, storks, and puppy dogs into being. He was the first cause.

He is alive. He always will be. He is the Omega, the Last, and the End. He is the One leading all things towards their final culmination.

Christ is the One “who is and who was and who is to come” (vv. 4, 8). He is not a relic of past cultures. He is very much alive today and will one day return.

sbk

 

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