Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Revelation 1:8 -- On Endings, Beginnings, and Eternity

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
Revelation 1:8

God here tries to express to us a little bit of what he is.  Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  He is the beginning and the end... of the alphabet, of language, of all that we are.  He was there in the beginning; he created us and gave us life, and he will be there in the end when we die, and are resurrected.
Sometimes people say that God created all of this and then left, or that God is dead, and verses like this make it clear that that isn't, and was never the plan.  He is, and was, and is to come.  Which is to say, eternal.  And always there, concerned with us.
It's hard for us to grasp the idea of this kind of continuity, because in our lives we begin things and never finish them.  Things fall apart that we wanted to last a lifetime... or longer.  We are well-acquainted with endings.  But God is Almighty. :)  He doesn't have to end because the beginning and the ending are self-contained.  He can start again, and will always be.  Past, present, future.  I think some part of us yearns for that... for someone that will never go away, that will always be there for us, that we can always depend on.  And God fills that role perfectly and completely.  If we seek him, he will always be there.
Today, let's remember who God is... the beginning, the ending, the present, the past, the future.  The Almighty, with the power to save us, and to grant us new beginnings as well.

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