Alpha and Omega
Revelation 1:8 ‘I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.’
In this verse Jesus is saying ‘I am from eternity to eternity, or I was here at the beginning, and I will be here forever.’ This verse also points to the omnipotence of Christ, and the fact that He was not only present at the beginning, but He was directly responsible for the creation of all things. John 1:3 says ‘All things were made by Him: and without Him was not anything made that was made.’ Not only is the power and wisdom of Christ seen in the creation of the physical universe, but He is also the Creator and Sustainer of all forms of life. While we mortals tend to look at things from within a limited time frame or life span, God views things from the perspective of immortality or eternity.
As Hebrews 12:2 states, ‘Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith’. He, with His Father, not only designed the plan of salvation, but became the instrument through which the plan was implemented. When a person’s life is transformed by a personal relationship with God, he/she receives the gift of eternal life and has the assurance that when this earthly life is finished, a new life is just beginning. At that point, we have the assurance given in 1 Corinthians 15:53 that ‘this mortal puts on immortality.’ We are then restored to the perfect creatures that God originally intended us to be, and can look forward to an eternity in His presence.