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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
99
 

"I am the Alpha and the Omega. . ."

 
 
 
   

The crucified, risen, and ascended Lord Jesus refers to Himself as “the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” There is no letter in the Greek alphabet before Alpha; nor is there any letter after Omega. Of course, there is nothing before the beginning, nor is there anything after the end. As nothing precedes the first, so nothing succeeds the last. These titles underscore the fact that there was no God before Him, nor will He be replaced by any in the future. These titles of Revelation 22:13 which Jesus ascribes to Himself after His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven are really a quotation which He makes of Himself from about six hundred years before His birth as a man. In Isaiah 44:6 He had said, “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the LORD of Hosts, 'I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God.'” The man born of Mary is God, “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Indeed, of Him it is said, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” God is eternal, without beginning or end. At this time of the year when we are considering the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, we naturally think in terms of the Messiah's human nature. It would be well for us as we contemplate His humanity to remember that He is also divine. He was and is the God-man. He always was God, and yet voluntarily became a man in the fullness of time in order to redeem us from our sins. His humanity and deity are both referred to in Isaiah 7:14 which foretells the Savior's birth: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Immanuel, the apostle Matthew tell us, is a Hebrew name, “which being interpreted is, 'God with us.'” As a man Christ was able to obey and to suffer for us. As God, as Alpha and Omega, His obedience and sufferings have infinite value. Therein lies the salvation of all who repent and trust in His obedience and sacrifice. Christ's birth is a glorious event.

   

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