THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA
" 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning
and the End,' says the Lord, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.' "
(Revelation 1:8, NKJV).
It is appropriate that we begin this new year with a passage that adequately portrays the
Lord of time and space. This fascinating biblical portrait of Christ appears four times in
the Bible and only in the book of Revelation. The title is drawn from the first and last
letters of the Greek alphabet--alpha and omega. As the Alpha, Christ is the source and
giver of life. He is the spring from which the river of truth and grace flow. As the
Omega, He is the fulfillment of all our hopes and aspirations. Everything in life finds
its answer in Him who is the first and last. In this self-designation, Christ vividly
portrays Himself as the supreme "I AM." In this timeless attribute, Christ
assures His people that He is the all-sufficient, ever-present, and available Saviour.
Implicit in this portrayal is the recognition that Christ is more than the Alpha and the
Omega. He is also all the other letters of the alphabet! Jesus Christ is the center and
circumference of all things; the past, present, and future are under His control. How
appropriate to begin this new year with the powerful affirmation that all history centers
on the One "Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation
1:8, NKJV). In this affirmation, we are reminded of Christ's radical break-through into
human history, His full and complete salvation, His presence in our lives today, and the
confident assurance that He is coming back soon as the indisputable Lord of the universe.
As we contemplate this arresting portrait of our Lord, we are reminded of the inspired
comment: "From Him [Christ] has come every ray of heaven's brightness that has fallen
upon the inhabitants of the earth. In the plan of redemption, Christ is the Alpha and the
Omega--the First and the Last." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 367.
My Prayer Today: Lord, may the Alpha and the Omega be with me as I face this new