I Am the Alpha and the Omega
Open Your Bible
Revelation 22:1-21, Isaiah 44:6-11, 48:12-16, Colossians 1:15-20
BY Erin Davis
Age has taught me that I don’t need a smaller view of my problems—I need a bigger view of God. Few truths comfort me more than the fact that God is infinite. He extends indefinitely in all directions; past and present, before and behind. Though the thought is truly mind boggling, Scripture is clear: He has always been.
God has no beginning, no point of origin. There was no “before” Him. There can never be an “after.” No one breathed life into His lungs, and no one can take His life from Him. “He is before all things, and by him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). He is both the first and the last (Isaiah 44:6). He is “the Alpha and the Omega… the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). He was and He is, and is He coming again (Revelation 1:4).
Though God created time, He stands outside of it. Since my finite mind cannot grasp His expanse, I like to think of Him like a paper-towel-roll God. Go ahead, grab the empty paper towel roll from your kitchen counter to see what I mean. Hold it up. Look at it from end to end and consider this: This is God’s view of our lives.
The Alpha and Omega existed before us. He will exist long after our earthly days are done. He can effortlessly see our lives from beginning to end, like glancing through a cardboard tube. This means our infinite God stands outside of temporary troubles. There is no heartache that can outlast Him, and no hurt He wasn’t around to see.
But as vast and incomprehensible as our Creator God is, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to put on flesh and dwell with us, to die for us, and to save us from sin and death. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:15–16).
A bigger view of God turns my heart toward worshiping Him. That worship often boomerangs back as peace within my own heart. Every fear and worry we will face today, every insult and besetting sin—everything is fleeting. The things of this world are already circling the drain. Our lives are just a blip on the timeline of eternity, yet each of us matters to Him, our Creator. God, in contrast, is the end-all-be-all, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Today we can rest in His goodness and constancy. We can rest in His power and His “bigness,” and that is no small thing.
32 thoughts on "I Am the Alpha and the Omega"
How amazing that Isaiah’s words of prophecy and John’s book of revelation all claim the same thing, though written at different times. “Come near me and hear me, I have NOT spoken IN SECRET from the beginning” (Isaiah 48:16). This is tremendous. It reminds me of the calling in James, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8). His calling is made known to all that want to listen, that want to change their heart around to seek a righteous life- a blank slate. In the old testament, God says, “You cannot see My face, for no man shall see Me, and live” Exodus 33:20. However, look at the significant upgrade God has revealed, “They shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” in Revelation 22:4. He does not speak in secret, He is serious about his intimate relationship with his children. We will see him face to face. GLORY!!!! To me that is the greatest honor and privilege to dwell with God and see Him face to face. Just like the song I can only imagine, what that day would be like.
Thank you Jesus for reconciling us to yourself by your own blood. Thank you for the promise “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). I bless your Holy Name for you are worthy of all praises.
Post Comments (32)