I am the Alpha and the Omega

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This verse in the opening passages of the Book of Revelation, ties all of creation history together. God is the Alpha, the source of all being. The verse begins with the words “I Am.” This is the name that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. He is the very Ground of Being. And, at the same time, he is the Omega, the final and ultimate goal for all who believe in him.

Christians believe in God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We know God as the creator of all things seen and unseen and of each and every one of us personally. In the Book of Genesis, we see the Father bending over the clay by the river molding the image of a man out of the dust and clay, then breathing is own “ruach,” (the Hebrew word for breath, or spirit) into the man giving him life. This is a powerful image. And we can believe that, at the moment of our conception, God is there in the womb, bending over each one of us, breathing his Spirit, his image and likeness into our very souls. Because of this our souls naturally yearn to be reunited with God for all eternity, but it takes the light of faith to understand this yearning.

God made us in order to be in relationship with him for all of eternity. As we grow in our faith, our desire to be with him, to know his presence, grows too. I love the image of Peter walking out on the water to Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel (Mt. 14:22-33) It speaks of that yearning in all of us to be with Jesus, who likewise is the Alpha and the Omega. Remember how Peter actually climbs over the gunwale of the boat and begins walking on the water toward Jesus. In that precious moment, Jesus is his goal, his Omega. His desire is so great that while he keeps his eyes focused on Jesus, he is actually walking on the water too. But he, like all of us, (for one reason or another), loses his focus. Fear enters him, and he turns his eyes toward the wind and the waves and, as a result, he begins to sink and cries out, “Lord, save me!” And Jesus takes his hand and they climb back into the boat together. He does not abandon Peter when he, in his human weakness, doubts. Why? Because he is the Alpha and the Omega, the One who remains with us from the beginning to the end and beyond into eternity.

In reality, we are “embraced” from the very beginning of our lives by God, who is our Alpha and our Omega. In his Spirit he was there at our beginning, hovering over us in the womb, just as he did over the waters at the Creation. He remains with us, guiding us, encouraging us, strengthening us on our long, arduous journey back to him. When we get lost, just as in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7) he leaves the ninety nine who are safely in the fold to search for us, to bring us back. In coming among us, Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God, gave himself as the final and ultimate sacrifice for our Redemption, ending our slavery to sin and death, once and for all. In doing so he made it possible for us to enter the Garden of Eden, once again, to live with him, the Alpha and the Omega, forever. This is our God! Amen! And Amen!

Lord, send us your Spirit. Help us to see you in all that is good, true, and beautiful. Deepen our desire to remain true to you in all that we say and do. Deepen within us a growing desire to know you, to love you, and to serve you in our daily lives, so that we may finally be with you forever in your heavenly paradise. We pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.