He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.Revelation 21:6 (NIV84)
How’s your Greek? How’s your Greek Alphabet? Probably you are most familiar with at least two. Alpha (𝚨 – which looks much like what we call the letter A in English) and Omega (𝛀) are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet and three times in the book of Revelation God uses those letters as an illustration of how He is Omnipresent – always everywhere present – not just in space and time but beyond those measures of the physical world. He is the first and last, beginning and end, eternal and everywhere, Creator and Judge. Alpha and Omega turns out to be a very simplistic shorthand for something beyond our comprehension.
But let me share one “take away” thought today that can be a comfort to us when we ourselves feel very limited. God is not. His character defines the parameters of how He will act. He will always be loving, and righteous; perfect in all of His ways. But beyond those parameters – He is not limited in any way. Feeling weak? God who loves you is never weak or weary? Feeling out of control? God is always in control? Feeling helpless? God is never helpless. Feeling afraid? God is never afraid. Anxious about the unknown? God knows all.
How is that good for me? Well – that’s the good news isn’t it. God – who is not limited – loves us and wants the best for us. Revelation 21:6 is another statement of that; The Alpha and Omega – will give to anyone who is thirsty (and will accept it from Him) – the “water of life.” Hear the message in the metaphors: The eternal limitless God will give eternal life to all who want it (and accept it from Him). So… how is it good for me that God is limitless? Because he loves me and cares for me. He is on my side if I have accepted His invitation to be on His.
I have. And while I am still limited… MY God – who is my loving Heavenly Father is not. While I can face uncertain days – His presence and love for me give me unending hope.
He is the Alpha and Omega. Sounds like “a” as in our Father and “o” as in our Hope.