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Alpha Omega
(Revelation 21.5-6a)
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"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, Almighty God himself speaks from his throne and says that he will make "all things new." The phrase "the new creation has come" may be translated as "that person is a new creation." Jesus makes everything new in people's lives and the old is gone! The prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 43.18-19a, 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?" Saint 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: The old has gone, the new is here!"

Beginning and End

Alpha Omega in a BookThese witnesses asserted that God took a person and re-created 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 earthly things have passed away. The symbols were used in early Christianity and appeared in the Roman catacombs. The letters were shown hanging from the arms of the cross in Early Christian art, and on some jeweled crosses in precious metal also.

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 was "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." In Rabbinic Jewish literature, the word "emet" meaning "truth" was one of the names of God in Judaism and has been interpreted as consisting of the first, middle, and final letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In Islam, The Qur'an gives "al'Awwal" meaning "The First" and "al'Akhir" meaning "The Last" as two of the names of God. For Christians, Jesus is the Beginning and the End and the original one!✞

"Alpha Omega"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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