December 21, 2011

Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega

Revelation 22:12-21

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Revelation 22:13


In the final verses of the Bible, Jesus describes himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He promises that he is coming soon, and he offers eternal life for all who wish to take the free gift of the water of life.

Jesus was present at the beginning of creation. He is the Alpha, the beginning. As part of the triune God, he brought into existence the universe with its billions of galaxies filled with stars. Our Lord is the creator of all things visible and invisible; in him and through him and for him all things were made (Colossians 1:16). He is the Alpha, the origin and source of all things.

For him all things converge in the universe.

He is at the core of God’s divine decrees. He is the center in all of creation and redemption. He is the pivot of history itself.

But Jesus is not just the first Word. He is the last. He is the Omega, the consummation and end of all things.

When the curtain falls on cosmic history, Jesus will be there full of glory as the Omega, the end of all things.

From everlasting to everlasting he is God himself, clothed with glory and majesty!

Do you know this Jesus who is the First and the Last?

Because Jesus is in control of my history, Almighty God, I know that he guides my life. Help me to celebrate your goodness, Lord. Turn my adversities into victories, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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