“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
If you know the Greek alphabet, you might be able to see the massive claim Jesus is making about himself in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. The words “alpha” and “omega” are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In English it would be like saying, “I am the A and Z”. But why is this such a big claim? Well, he goes on to say that he is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. So Jesus is saying that he is eternal, everlasting and infinite.
Jesus is the alpha; the first and the beginning. Before him there was nothing, or more accurately, there was never a “before him” at all! He is infinite, eternal, and everlasting. Before all things – he was.
Jesus is the omega; the last and the end. This isn’t saying that there will one day be an “end” and that eventually everything will cease to exist. But it is saying that all things will end with Jesus. The end of every metaphorical road is standing in front of God, with Jesus as the divine, just, glorious and sovereign judge of your heart standing by his side. And for those who trust and love Jesus, what awaits them is the start to an eternal life with him.
So as we get closer to Christmas, let’s take a moment to reflect on just how temporary the things we enjoy at this time of the year are: the toys, the food, the family experiences, the emotional highs and lows, the money. Instead, why not ask ourselves: If Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end, have I invested in the only thing that will last forever, the only thing that will give me an eternal joy – a relationship with Jesus?