God - First to Last
“'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,' says the Lord, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'” Revelation 1:8
This past week for our home school, our memory verse was Revelation 1:8. As I heard my daughter saying the verse today, as I was sitting and reading in the other room, our paths merged as I started reading the final book of the New Testament to conclude my bible reading plan by the end of the year. All of these parallel lines got me to thinking about the course this past year has taken for me – from the beginning of the recorded works of God to the end. On January 1st, I started in Genesis on day 1, and on December 31st I will end the book of Revelation and the story God wrote will be completely read.
But in reading the bible from cover to cover, does that mean we can also completely understand all that came before day 1, all that will happen when the eternal kingdom of God is established after Revelation, and all the things that have happened in between which no words were spoken about? No. But God does. From the beginning of time He already held the plan to has save His people from death; He is the God of all generations – Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and on to the last generation of His people; He is the One the heavenly hosts sing about day and night with no end; He is the only God, the only King, and the only redeemer.
“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, 'Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.'” Revelation 1:17-18
“Who has performed and done it,
Calling the generations from the beginning?
‘I, the Lord, am the first;
And with the last I am He.’” Isaiah 41:4“The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
'Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!'” Revelation 4:8
“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‘I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6
“Listen to Me, O Jacob,
And Israel, My called:
I am He, I am the First,
I am also the Last.” Isaiah 48:12
As I thought about all of these things I had to conclude today that as we prepare our hearts for Christmas this year, we should be careful not to diminish the unlimited size of God into the sweet baby we look at in the manger. Instead we should gape at our awesome God who diminished Himself into the baby we look at in the manger, so we could come to understand, within our limited human capabilities, who He is and how much He loves us by allowing Himself to become limited in Jesus.