Revelations: 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, The Beginning and the End
Read Genesis Chapter 1, and Revelation Chapter 22. This is about both the beginning and the end of Man’s life on Earth as we know it. God was there to create us, and as Chapter 22 in Revelations states He will be there to separate those who are to get into the Holy city of God, and those who don’t.
The Alpha and the Omega…The First and the Last, The Beginning and the End…Those are very strong images. They are images of an everlasting, timelessness that we as humans cannot really grasp. Just like trying to grasp the mathematical number pi…3.1416 onward to infinity. It is simply beyond my grasp to understand. I sit and think to myself back when I first heard of such a number that I wonder who came up with it and how they discovered it and how they know that it is infinite. Obviously, God would be the inventor of that number as well as all others as he is the creator of all things. He simply revealed it to us humans as it became something that a few of us could almost grasp. Funny thing is that mathematical pi has been known to have been in use in some form since the time of the Babylonians around 4000 B.C. You might say that it is one of the remnants of the great Babylonian empire, though their number was a bit inaccurate. Now for any who are reading this who don’t know what pi is…it is the relationship between the circumference of a circle (that is if you walked around the circle), and the diameter (if you walked across the circle). I know it is used in formulas for this purpose, but don’t entirely understand it, not being a mathematician. However, back to the topic at hand…
God, who is infinite (like walking around a circle..no beginning and no end) took a lot of trouble to present himself to us in a very linear, straight forward way. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to actually show us who God is in the flesh. Jesus has a whole lot of names listed in the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
God knew that we were not capable of understanding all of who he is, so he decided to come and meet each and every one of us where we are on this earth. Now, as with all meetings, you can make a friend of the one whom you meet with…or you can reject that friendship by either making an enemy, or by simply ignoring the hand of friendship.
When we read about what God created in Genesis chapter one…it is an awesome thing….he “spoke” the world into existence. Most of us are really impressed that we can speak into a gps and tell it to plot a route, right?!! The gps is already in existence and is programmed for this purpose…God spoke the world into existence from absolutely nothing…We are told in Genesis 1 that The earth was formless and void, and there was darkness…
A God who can speak the world into existence from nothing can most certainly handle my problems, right?!! God tells us that he will be there from beginning to end…to me that is a comforting statement. Why? Well, that is because I love God and I know that God loves me and the he considers me to be very precious to him. God considers us all to be his very precious creations. It is just that some people chose to accept God’s invitation to have a close and very personal relationship with him and others don’t.
When you choose to have a close relationship with God everything does not suddenly become perfect and rosy in your life. Just look at the lives of the Disciples if you don’t understand what I am saying. You are probably saying, “why not?”
Well, that is the thing, although we are precious to God, so are other people. Once you have God’s saving grace, he wants to use you to glorify him by bringing other people into close relationship with him also. Sometimes the process of being used by God for this purpose can be painful and hard to bear…sometimes you don’t even know when or how God is using you. That is where faith comes in, you just follow God and know that he is with you where ever you go….from beginning to end….he has a purpose for everyone. Our main purpose is to glorify God, and we are to love people first and foremost even when they are next to impossible to love. I am sure we all have met some folks who are like that!
Just fill in the blank here….”I cannot love them because they are…or they did…”
Just remember that God is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…he is there for your beginning and end and he is also there for their beginning and end…he knows exactly what it takes to love each and every one of us.
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
He knows how to help us to love the folks who are unlovable…and we are all in some ways hard to love at different times in our lives. The thing that I have found over the years is that if you can look at things from the other person’s perspective and try to understand why they are acting they way they are acting, then you are well on your way to being able to love them with the love of Christ.
Most of us have met people and thought…”I can never be friends with them…they are so….” (fill in the blank)…then something happens that is unforeseen and we find that we have a common interest, or that we actually believe something in the same way and suddenly we are best friends with that person. I have learned that you can never write off a person because at first they are not someone you instantly bond with. Each person has their own unique characteristics and gifts, and their own unique backgrounds and life experiences…their own pains and pleasures in life which make up who they are.
God knows all of it….the Bible says that God knew us before we were in the womb, though the verse is talking to Jeremiah, God knows all of us the same way.
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” NIV
If you read Revelation Chapter 22 then you see that God is expecting something from us all…it says he will reward each according to what they have done…this is not talking about how much money you have given, or how hard you have worked at work, or how many fund raisers you have done for your church…this is talking about how much you have loved others and how many people have come to know God because of your actions and your words. Teaching people about who God is must be done with both words and actions…it must be an intentional act…to love that person enough to want them to truly understand the love of Christ.
Revelation 22 reminds us that people can be lost…because their focus is on themselves and their own pleasures and not on God. This is a tragedy that God would like to avoid happening.
I read this verse in 2 Peter 3:9-12 about the type of people we should be as we wait for the Day of the Lord to come….we are to be conducting ourselves with godliness and holiness as we anticipate and “hasten” the day of the Lord.
We are to “hasten” the day of the Lord by loving others and helping them to come to know who God is through knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ.
As Peter tells us in verse 9, The Day of the Lord has not yet come because God does not wish anyone to be lost. It isn’t because God doesn’t see the bad things that are happening, it’s because he wants to save as many as will turn to him. God’s servants (that would be us) are those who can impact others to turn them toward God…that is what it means to hasten the coming Day of the Lord, or to move the Kingdom of God forward.
1Corinthians 1:18 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.