April 26

Revelation 1:7-8

“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” vs. 8

John was writing to Christians struggling to maintain their identity in turbulent times. Believers had come together in congregations for loving and serving and many had suffered at the hands of the Empire. Some had been killed and were remembered as martyrs. Others were wondering about the future…would there be an end to the oppression, or would their newly formed communities be wiped out. John gives them assurance. The Lord God was greater than any emperor. The Lord God was the beginning and the end. In the Almighty all that exists had come into being and had been sustaining by the indwelling Christ revealed fully in Jesus. Suffering and death was not the end for him, and it wouldn’t be for them. At the Omega point all that exists would come together, and no one would miss out, not even those who had killed Jesus. What an incredible vision of the future! And what a source of hope for us who are losing patience with the struggles of humanity. There is so much ugliness…but there is even more goodness, and one day the forces of good will triumph. All things will come together in God, the One who was and is and ever will be.

Thought for the Day: What does the Omega point represent?

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