I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
The doctor reassures, “I’ve done hundreds of these surgeries before. Don’t worry.” The teacher tells the concerned parents, “I’ve helped countless students with the same challenge. Don’t worry.” Experience means something. We all feel better when an experienced person tells us, “I’ve done this many times. It will be no problem. Don’t worry!”
The Lord God was talking to people who were worried that the Roman government would crush them and their fellow believers because they refused to worship the Roman Emperor as a god. Jesus reassured those worried believers, “I’ve taken care of believers over and over again. It will be no problem. Don’t worry!”
Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet. Omega is the last letter. When Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” he was reminding his believers that he is the beginning and the end. He has always been here. He will always be here. He has plenty of experience helping believers in all kinds of difficult circumstances: illness, stress, heartache, family feuds, terrorist attacks, and even government backed persecution. Jesus has the experience, power, and love to help us no matter what worries us.
We worry when we think we’re on our own and turn away from his offer to help. We’re afraid his way of helping us might involve sacrifice or suffering which we don’t want to go through. So we worry and stress and get scared because we just don’t trust our Lord. He gave his own life for us. He suffered for all our sins. Yet we don’t trust him!
He keeps reassuring us, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I’ve been around for a long time and helped a lot of people through tough times. I’ve given them strength. I’ve kept harm far away from them. I’ve limited how much they had to suffer. In the past, I have rescued every believer from sufferings and trials, and when they died, I took them home to heaven. I’ve seen believers through difficult times like you’re facing. So don’t worry. You’re safe with me.”
From the beginning of our life to the end, he promises to be with us always. In times of trial and frustration, he supports and strengthens us. In grief and pain, he comforts us. With times of joy, he blesses us. And he promises to meet all our needs for food, clothes, shelter, and companionship. We don’t have to wonder if he can or will. Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, promises in his Word to supply all that we could possibly need, in this life and in the next in heaven.
Jesus, you are my King. Help me to focus on you, trust you, and follow you. Amen.
In Preparation for Worship:
Christ the King