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Alpha and Omega

 alpha-and-omega.jpg  Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Rev. 22:13).  In the previous writing, Where Does the Church Live?, I made reference to the “Alpha”, Christ,  as being the one to whom believers should humble themselves in order to lay the foundation  for success in living the Christian life.  That statement caused me to start thinking about the term, “Alpha and Omega”.  What does it really mean? I discovered that beyond its expressing the eternality of our Lord the terms actually refer to His status among men. It references his dominion.

      He is at once both the leader and the least.  LEADER AND LEAST?  What does that mean?  How can that be? Having just immersed myself in the Battle at Kruger (see previous blog), my mind is  still musing over the social order in the animal kingdom, some of which seems to cross over to homosapiens.  I read an article recently on the social hierarchy among wolves. wolf-pack.jpg It seems they have a very rigid “pecking” order.  There is very definitely one who is the Alpha.  He is the one who determines when the pack will hunt and what they will hunt.  He is also the one who decides the order in which the members of the pack eat once a kill has occured.  I also discovered that within the wolf pack is one who is known as the Omega.  This wolf must take a submissive role to everyone else in the pack.  When approached by another wolf in the pack,the Omega must roll over on his back and let the others do whatever they please.  He is the last to eat, the last to drink, the last in line and, if a female, the last to be bred.  The only hope for the Omega wolf is, if one of the pups takes his/her place or, another wolf joins the pack and the position falls to him/her. 

     My meditation on the passage from Revelation 22:13 began to take flight.  Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega…”  Whoa!  Could it be?  Could there be an application from the animal kingdom to our glorious Lord?  I wanted to be sure I was on solid Biblical ground and sure enough I discovered that in addition to referring to His eternality, the phrase was also indicative of the gammet of his dominion.  Normally, when these words are read, the natural thought is of our conquering Lord.  He is before the beginning and He will still be after the end.  That’s really great!  But, consider that He also is Lord…He is Alpha.  He is the one who decides our goals, chooses our vocation, leads us to our companion.  He is the Alpha…

     …But he also is the Omega.  Isaiah 53 says,  
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men’ a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief’ and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised and  we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

  

Yes, it was Jesus, who rolled over on his back, as it were, and took the place of a servant.  It was He, who became obedient unto death”… (Phil. 2:8).  He was the seed which fell into the ground and died and who brought forth much fruit.  Because he willingly became the scapegoat, God “highly exalted him”, made him the Alpha.  This Lord of ours actually chose to be the Omega.  He had the right of Alpha by who he was, but he earned the right of Leader by becoming the Least. 

     When you find yourself in a group of your peers and they treat you with less respect than you wish, just remember there is one who understands.  He is both the Alpha and the Omega.  His kingship was earned in a most unusual way. He did not gain his right of reign by overpowering, pushing and proding.  In God’s Kingdom everything is upside down from earth.  The slow win the race.  The slave gets the crown.  The last are the first and The Omega is the Alpha.   Before He came to earth the Son was King but now He is King of Kings.  Before time and Space He was Lord, but now He is Lord of Lords.  In eternity past he was the all, but now He is the all in all.  In history he was the Omega who became the Alpha.  But now…HE IS…and forever will be… THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA.  

August 15th, 2007 Posted by | Centrality of Christ | one comment

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