This week we continue our Word Nerd Wednesday study of the names of Jesus with Alpha & Omega, as found in More Than A Name.
Alpha & Omega
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”Revelation 22:13
Jesus referred to Himself this way at the end of the book of Revelation. Alpha and Omega are the first and last characters in the Greek alphabet. They represent fullness and completion.
Jesus was present at the creation of the world, remains with us today through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, and will be on His throne throughout eternity.
He completes God’s story of salvation for all mankind. He was not an afterthought God dreamed up when the Israelites continually failed at faithful adherence to the law. Nor did His birth make the law irrelevant. Jesus has been with God throughout all time and will remain with Him forever and ever because He is God.
Understanding this concept is crucial to our story.
The Totality of Jesus
We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, yet so often we fail to give due diligence to biblical testimony about God. We prefer to focus on certain aspects of His character because our limited human understanding can relate to them.
God is love.
He is merciful.
God is wise.
He is all powerful.
But when that understanding is shaken we often question our faith. Thinking that if God is capable of allowing things we don’t agree with then He must not be who we believe He is. His character and wisdom exceed our capacity for understanding. His own Word tells us this.
He is the author and perfecter of our faith because He alone has been present from before creation through crucifixion and will be for all eternity. He has never changed His character to fit the desires of His creation. Instead, He sent Jesus to restore our relationship with Him and make us more like Him. Jesus fulfilled the law and completes its requirements.
“He endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”Hebrews 12:2
Beginning, Middle, & End
Experiencing God’s character from the beginning, through the middle and all the way to the end of the story is the only way to gain a clear and accurate picture of who He is. We won’t attain that kind of knowledge in its entirety this side of heaven, but the more we know about our salvation story now, the better prepared we are to withstand the difficult chapters here on earth.
Studying the Names of Jesus given to us in the Bible helps paint the picture of who God is and what He has done for us. Considering the hostility He endured on our behalf ought to encourage our weary souls (Hebrews 12:3).
Remember the whole story of God, from beginning to end, and allow the truth of its completion perfect our faith in the Alpha and Omega.
How does this name for Jesus make Him even bigger to you?
How does this name impact your identity in Christ?
In what ways does this knowledge change your perspective on difficulties present in your life today?
Dear Jesus, the Alpha & Omega, keep me in a constant state of awe and wonder over the truth about You that stretches from before creation to beyond eternity. Help me to view all my present troubles in a right perspective. Amen.
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