June 30: The Alpha and Omega

Read Revelation 1:4-8

This week, we are digging a little deeper into some of the many names of Jesus. It always seems that whenever I think of Jesus as being eternal, that is Him having no beginning and no end, my mind literally shuts off. I can’t comprehend what all this entails. If He wasn’t created, where did He come from? What would it be like being the only person in the universe? If God created the universe in Genesis, was there anything beforehand? These are all questions that I continually ask myself and I’m willing to bet that you have asked them as well.

In the first chapter of Revelation, God says to John, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Here, God is saying quite simply that He is the beginning and the end of all things (Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet).

With God being the Alpha and Omega, all of history, from beginning to end, is the same to Him. This truth specifically impacts us in the world we live today. We are living in the middle of a cultural shift from a Christian society to post-Christian. It is becoming more and more socially acceptable to commit any number of sins in the name of pleasure and acceptance. People openly speak out against any sort of organized religion, bashing Jesus and just about anyone who claims to follow Him. To some, church is viewed as a cancerous thing to be a part of. This mindset isn’t going away any time soon. This is our reality.

However, this isn’t our future.

Revelation 1:7 describes Jesus coming back to earth to gather His Church. John says that “every eye will see Him even those who pierced Him…” Every single person who sinned against God, every person who cursed the name of Jesus, everybody who denied His existence will be confronted with the harsh reality of His return.

This should bring us comfort because God promised that He will come back for us. We don’t know when but we are called to be ready.

When you find yourself becoming discouraged with the state of the world, imagine what it will be like seeing Jesus coming through the clouds welcoming us home. He is coming. Heaven awaits. Are you ready?

JL

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