October 31, 2019

Alpha and Omega

Revelation 1:1-8

“I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

—  Revelation 22:13

Some people yearn for past decades, when life may have seemed simpler. Others wonder what life will be like in one or two generations. Solomon understood how difficult it can be to grasp changes through the ages, and he writes, “No one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Still, we try to live our lives for God during the time that we have.

Both God the Father and Jesus the Son reveal themselves as the Alpha and Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and to­gether they represent everything in between. As the Alpha, God is the source of life. We confess that he is “the creator of heaven and earth.” And Jesus the Son, through his death and resurrection, “came that [we] may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

God is also the Omega. History has a trajectory, and no other ruler or power can change the final outcome. In Scripture, we hear loud voices in ­heaven proclaim, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

This month we have considered a variety of things we see in everyday life. I pray that our eyes have been opened in some ways to see more clearly the One who graciously reveals himself as the “Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Awaken our imaginations, Lord, to see you in the ordinary things of life. Thank you for revealing your love and good news to us all. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Gerrit Bomhof

Gerrit Bomhof immigrated as a young child with his family from the Netherlands to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in 1954. He graduated from Trinity Christian College in 1972 and from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1976. He served as a pastor to five churches in Canada and retired in June 2017.

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