History is full of firsts. The first man to walk on the moon, the first person to swim across the English Channel, the first person to fly across the ocean, and so on. Not only do we keep track of the firsts, but we also keep track of the lasts. The last white rhinoceros, the last person who saw someone alive, and more. It’s easy to get caught up in breaking new ground. The Bible tells us that Jesus says: I am the Alpha and Omega. Today, I want to explore what that means for us in our Christian walk.
I am The Alpha and Omega
In the following verse, The Lord declares Himself to be the Alpha and Omega.
Revelation 1:8 ESV “I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
To understand this name of God, we need to discern the meaning of these two words.
Alpha is the name of the first letter in the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet.
By using these two words together, The Lord is declaring that He is the first and the last. He is not just referring to the alphabet. The Lord is referring to Himself as first in all things and the last of all things.
Jesus was there in the beginning
The Bible starts at the very beginning and recounts how the world was made.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
This verse clearly states that God was there at the beginning and that He created the world.
Before I write anything, I look and see a blank screen. Over time, I add words to that screen and I eventually create a blog post, a bible study, or even a letter.
But, before I wrote my blog post, I existed.
This is the same with God.
Before the world existed, He existed.
John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Since we know God existed before creation, we can assume that He was the first “thing” to exist. This makes Him the first.
He is the first
Isaiah 44:6-8 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. 7 And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them. 8 Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’
The following excerpt is from here.
I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God
The LORD has already taken this unique title in Isaiah 41:4, in the same context of proclaiming His glory against the feeble false gods.
An idol can never be the First, because an idol needs someone to make him. An idol can never be the Last, because they wear out and break. But the Lord GOD of Israel is both the First and the Last; He is completely unique, and besides Him there is no God.
Who can proclaim as I do?
Because God is the First and the Last, He lives outside our time domain, and can proclaim things before they happen. He can proclaim the things that are coming and shall come. This shows God really is who He says He is, watching and directing the parade of human and cosmic history as it makes its course down His appointed path.
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Jesus is the Last
When reading the New Testament we learn that the coming of Jesus meant the end of the Law and everything that came with it.
- Jesus is the last Adam
- Jesus is the last Hight Priest
- Jesus is the last sacrifice
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Jesus fulfilled the law and abolished it through His death and resurrection.
From the passages above, we also see that Jesus has been exalted from being last to being first.
The Bible tells us in Mathew 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Jesus says this after Peter asks: Mathew 19:27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
Jesus made the statement “many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30) in the context of His encounter with the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16–30). After the young man turned away from Jesus, unable to give up his great wealth (verse 22), Jesus’ disciples asked the Lord what reward they would have in heaven, since they had given up everything to follow Him (verses 27–30). Jesus promised them “a hundred times as much,” plus eternal life (verse 29). Then He said, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (verse 30).Quote found here.
In context, Jesus is telling His disciples that even though they have humbled themselves in their service to The Lord, they will one day be exalted above those who haven’t chosen to follow God.
Jesus humbled Himself and became the last sacrifice. Once His sacrifice was done, He was exalted and brought to Heaven at the right hand of God.
Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
Jesus came to fulfill the law so that we would be free from sin but also free from the law.
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. He existed in the beginning and He will exist until the end.
Not only that but Jesus His perfect sacrifice means we don’t need to offer sacrifices anymore.
In the comments below, share your thoughts about Jesus declaring: I am the alpha and the omega.