In Rev 1:8 Jesus says “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come.” What an amazing description of our Lord and our Savior and our God! He is ALL the extremes – the beginning and the end, in all the dimensions. My finite mind cannot fully comprehend the infinites, though conceptually I know they exist. Science can only scratch the surface of those depths and heights and lengths and pasts and futures. God created what we call time and space, and He is both outside them and inside. He always was – and always will be. He is the great “I am”.
In Isaiah 44:6-7 God says: “I am the First and I am the Last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? And in 55:9: As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” He is all the all’s – all knowing, all powerful, all present – all everything. These are humbling perspectives for me to remember, particularly when I question God. Thus, Proverbs 3:5 tells me to “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
At Christmas, we’re reminded of two other hard to grasp “all’s” of God. His nature toward us is both all Loving AND all Righteous. We celebrate the day He came into the world in the form of a man to save us and show us how BOTH are simultaneously possible. In Jesus Christ, He loved us without limit to the point He Himself took on the excruciating punishment of death promised for all our sins - for His Righteousness sake.
Ours is an amazing God – in all the ways from beginning to end! In this advent season, we know Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, is the ultimate and only gift we need.
Prayer: Father, I am in awe of You. I struggle to understand all you are and especially Your Love for me, a being You created in Your image. But I thank you Lord, and I love you.
Submitted by John Burkhalter, Elder