How many things have a definite start and finish? What can you think of that has a distinct beginning and ending? I used to be a competitive swimmer so the concept of start and finish was ingrained in my head. The beginning of a swimming race would start with an official gun start. The end of a race would be my hand slamming into the wall to stop the clock ASAP! There was no messing around because the fastest time won the race. When I was finished there was no going back, what was done was done. The race happened between the beginning and the end and then it was over.
This is so different from our Heavenly Father. Our race begins and ends with Jesus if we so choose, but because He is the Omega, our life never truly ends.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
This verse reminds us that God is our Omega: “Who is to come.” These are awe-inspiring words. It is hard to even understand what these words mean. We understand a definite beginning and ending, but what does it mean that He is to come?
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines Omega as the extremes of the final part. Other words for Omega are the last, conclusion, and perfection. Our earthly stories will one day come to an end. They will be filled with ups and downs and well as hard and easy. If Jesus Christ is our end, or our Omega, we can look forward to a happily ever after with Him.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” The he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21: 5 & 6
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. Jesus is the beginning and the end. The length of His life on earth was not the extent of Him. He existed with God in the beginning and will reign with Him forever. God is timeless and His power is limitless. Everything begins with God and will somehow end with Him.
God, thank you for being the before, the now, and the forever after. We know You never end and You never leave us. You are the only constant within our lives. You are the only constant beyond our lives. We praise You for your boundless presence! You are the Omega, “Who is to come.”