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Jesus Alpha Omega (Revelation 21.5-6a)

"He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.' He (Jesus) said to me, 'It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.'" (Revelation 21.5-6a)✞

Making Everything New

A New Creation in ChristFor the first time in the Book of Revelation, God himself speaks and says that he is the God who is able to make "all things new." The prophet Isaiah's name means "the salvation of the Lord" or "the Lord is Salvation" and his prophecy is called "the Book of Salvation." In Isaiah 43.18-19a, he heard God say, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" The Apostle Paul has been described as "one of the most important people in the history of the World." His witness in 2 Corinthians 5.17, was "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: [or "that person is a new creation"] The old has gone, the new is here!" Jesus makes everything new in people's lives and the old is gone!✞

Beginning and the End

Alpha Omega in a BookThese witnesses assert that God can take a person and re-create him or her, and will some day create or re-create a new universe for the saints whose lives he has renewed. Jesus of Nazareth as the initiator of the new creation is the "Alpha and the Omega" said Almighty God to John of Patmos. "Alpha" is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and "omega" is the last letter. So Alpha to Omega covers everything. Jesus also calls himself "the Beginning and the End." In other words, Jesus was at the beginning even before the Creation and will be at the end of time after all things have passed away.✞

Stained Glass

Alpha and Omega Stained GlassJohn of Patmos was hearing the voice that the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 44.6 had heard, "This is what the Lord says — Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God." John went on to record this statement describing Jesus as "the Beginning and the End." The Greek word for Beginning is "arche," and "does not simply mean first in point of time but first in the sense of the source of all things." From this word we get the English word "archetype" meaning "a pattern of behavior copied by others or the fundamental characteristic of a thing." Jesus is the beginning and the original one!

"Jesus Alpha Omega"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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