Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jesus: The Alpha and Omega

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  ~Revelation 22:12,13
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” ~Revelation 1:8

For the most part, today's secular world does not deny that Jesus existed. What is taught and what they would have us all to believe is that He was just some nice guy who was wise and went around teaching peace and love. Then there are those who push the idea He was a religious revolutionary, struggling to lift the poor people up against a Roman government. None of these explanations even come close. What the world will not acknowledge is that Jesus is God come on the flesh.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. ” ~Revelation 1:17,18

When the Bible declares Jesus is the Alpha and Omega it means He is the beginning and the ending of everything, He is eternal. This name and description could be used of no one properly but God. Pastor shared with us last Sunday the connection here with the other “I am” declarations of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. ~John 8:58,59

Who Jesus is and what He came to do is wrapped up in those two little words He used to describe Himself to the Pharisees, “I am.” The Jews who Jesus made this declaration to did nit misunderstand what He was saying because they took up stones to kill Him for claiming to be the great I Am who revealed Himself to Moses at the Burning Bush.

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” ~Exodus 3:13,14

You see, Jesus is God. Instead of going to some “scholar”, listen to what Jesus said about Himself. When God called to Moses from the burning bush and gave him the mission of going to Pharaoh to seek the release of the Hebrews, Moses asked God what His name was. God replied His name was "I AM WHO I AM". These words express the absolute, unchanging and eternal God of all creation. "I AM WHO I AM", is a very literal rendering of the Hebrew text, expressing God's real, perfect, unconditional, and independent existence. God exists in a way that no one and nothing else does, because He is without beginning or end. He is the only Being who is self-existent and all other existence is dependent upon His un-caused existence. Jesus is this same God; Jesus is the Alpha and Omega.

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” ~Revelation 22:12,13

In the closing verses of the book of Revelation, Jesus declares who He is. There can be no doubt He is eternal God come in the flesh. Our Lord and Savior is without beginning and without end. He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. He created us and holds our very existence together in His hand. More importantly, He came into our world to redeem us. Is there any doubt that He is able to save to the uttermost? Those who have placed their trust and faith in Him, can rest in knowing their salvation is made sure by an all eternal Lord. Have you trusted in Him? Have you recognized who He is or do you still question Him as the Pharisees did so long ago? Abandon yourself to Him, turn from sin and throw yourself into the arms of a forgiving Savior; because only He can save you.

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

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