Christ stated that he is the Alpha and the Omega. But what an odd phrase! If Christ were to come today and declare, “I am the A and the Z,” that would seem a bit strange, wouldn’t it? We just don’t normally speak in such terms.
But as many of us know, Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the common language of the time. So Christ was saying that he is the beginning and the end.
It all started with Christ and will end with him.
But to the ancient oriental mind this also indicated the completeness or totality of something.
The Israelites were already familiar with the concept of using the first and last letters of an alphabet to express totality. The Lord’s blessings in Leviticus 26 went from Aleph (the first Hebrew letter) to Taw (the last letter). It was their way of noting that God’s blessings were complete. (While conversely, the curses only went from Waw to Mem, the 6th and 13th letters!) In other words, God blessed his people totally but limited the curses on their lives. What an awesome thought! (See source.)
Everything, except God, has a beginning and an end. He not only existed before the beginning of creation, but he created it all, (John 1:3). And when creation as we know it ends, he will still exist. He existed before anything else and he will still be after it’s all gone. For as Paul states: “Christ is all, and in all,” (Colossians 3:11).
And so he is also present in every beginning and every ending, including ours. He was present at our earthly beginning, at our spiritual birth, and he will be there at our earthly end and with us throughout eternity.
But what about the here and now?
This in-between time? We know that he is ever present. We know that he leads and guides us through each new day and in all our endeavors. But how often do we remember that he is preparing us for what lies ahead? For our eternal union with him?
Think back to the first days of any important relationship in your life. When you first met your spouse or even a new best friend. You wanted to know everything about them. What they liked and didn’t like. Their thoughts and dreams, and what was important to them.
Like an eager bride, are we getting to know Christ in this way?
- Do we anxiously await and watch for our bridegroom’s arrival?
- Do we eagerly peruse all the Words he’s written us?
- Do we seek to identify with him?
In this in-between time, Christ is wooing us in a divine romance.
He calls us to wait for his return. To draw near to him, promising that he too will draw near to us. He entreats us to spend time with him and in his Word. To have real communion with him, and truly live in him.
Do you feel his gentle nudge and hear his soft call? Or are you letting the busyness and pleasures of this life drown them out?
That’s how complacency sets in and our bridegroom starts seeming far away. And how the romance and excitement of our relationship dwindles.
Only when we heed that gentle tug, does our passion revive, our relationship deepen. And only then do we truly begin to live and move and have our being in him.
And only in that way will the coming of our earthly Omega not seem strange. For we will simply be going to a new Alpha with the One who has been present every second of our lives. And to the Bridegroom we have learned to love and cherish.
So let’s renew our commitment to deeping our relationship with the bridegroom.
With the one in whom we live, and move, and have our being. And in whom we will continue living.