Revelation Ch 1 verse 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
‘In the beginning’, are the first three words in the opening book of the Bible, Genesis, and here in the last book, Jesus proclaims that he is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega.
These words encompass the whole of time as we know it, and more, they do not just act as divine bookends keeping everything in order, but they express something of the eternity that God dwells in. As humans, we have great difficulty thinking in terms of eternity, probably because our whole lives are lived in the context of time.
Our lives are ruled by the clock, by the seasons, by our ages, by the new, and by the old and fading. We feel it in our bodies and see it in the world around us, but God dwells outside of time, he was present when time began and he will be there when time ends and we revert back to eternity [yes I know it is difficult to imagine what this means]. Well imagine time as a circle with the same start and endpoint, and that the space outside the circle is where God dwells, eternity, and that once we die we leave the circle at some point and enter the presence of God, eternity!
If ever there was a single reason to put our faith and trust in God it is this, that the one ‘which is, and which was, and which is to come’, has come to this earth to live as we lived, that we might be drawn into eternity to be with him. Wow, just wow!
Dear Lord Jesus, as we look at our clocks and watches this day, may we give thanks that the ‘three score years and ten’ of this life are nothing but the hors d’oeuvres and that eternity with you is our inheritance as the Saints of God.