At the close of a year especially, we tend to view the world around us with endings and beginnings. With the turn of the second hand, one year is behind us and a new is upon us. We put the previous year behind us and make resolutions for the new. Even though the clock passes midnight every day, we view 11:59pm on December 31 as somehow different.
In Revelation, Jesus declares himself to be both the beginning and the end.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:13 (NLT)
But what does that mean? Is Jesus like December 31 and January 1? Sort of, but he is so much more than that.
I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne.
Revelation 22:16b (NLT)
Jesus was with God at creation. He is in all of creation. And he will exist long after creation as we know it passes away. He is the source of life and that which sustains life. He may be the Beginning and the End, but he is also everything in between. When the end comes, he is there and at every new beginning, he is there.
Unlike a number on the calendar that will never come around again, Jesus will come again. And not only will he come again, but he is already here. It all sounds like a grand paradox. Our mindset of starts and finishes cannot comprehend how all-encompassing Jesus really is, but we can try. As one day ends and another begins, we can look to him as the author and the finisher of our faith—the one who started it and the one who will complete it.
He who is the faithful witness to all these things say, “Yes, I am coming soon!”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all.
Revelation 22:20-21 (NLT)
Daily Bible reading: Malachai 1-4, Revelation 22