Alpha and Omega
Portraits of Christ | Alpha and Omega
I am the Alpha and Omega. (Rev. 22:13)
Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters respectively of the Greek alphabet. The symbolism is explicit, as Jesus Himself describes, "I am the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Jesus was before all things, and when all things have passed away, He will be left standing.
It's a little hard to comprehend that Jesus could rise from the dead and walk out of His tomb. That He will live on for eternity, as will we, is a difficult concept yet we readily accept it. What's even harder to comprehend however is that, before Jesus put on mortal flesh, before He became a baby floating inside the womb of Mary, He existed. Paul stated that Jesus was before all things, and all things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16-17). And Jesus Himself stated, "Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58).
One look at Jesus' hand and you will see the hand of a man, the rough calloused hand of a carpenter. His outstretched hand calmed an angry sea, healed a blinded eye, and cleansed a temple. But it is also the hand of God. This hand established the ocean's boundaries, carved majestic peaks, flung the stars into space, and put a song in the sparrow's throat. It delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt and opened the Red Sea. This hand sent a raven to feed Elijah, a fish to interrupt Jonah's getaway, and fingered a message of judgment on the wall of Nebuchadnezzer's palace.
Jesus is our Alpha and Omega, the Lord of our beginnings and endings. He is there at our conception, knowing us before we are even formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). And at the end of life, even death itself cannot separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). He is there at the start of a new day, and He is there when the shadows grow long and the day somes to an end. He is with us in all our beginnings, when we are growing up, when we start college, when we start a new career, and when the first baby comes along. And He will be there in our endings, when our child leaves home, at retirement, or when death steals a loved one.
We can take comfort in our Alpha and Omega, knowing that He is in control our lives from our beginning to our end.