“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” vs. 6
John was moved by his extraordinary vision of the Risen Christ to write letters to seven congregations scattered through the western part of present day Turkey. It had been a powerful experience, a glimpse of the heavenly precincts, and an encounter with the Divine Presence. Vocabulary fails us in such circumstances and John used word pictures to describe what he saw. His symbolic imagery has provoked countless discussions and sparked every kind of strange theory about the last times for those who have taken his words literally. At the core of his message lies his conviction that God is more than we can possibly understand. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God,” the beginning and the end. God is the summation of the entire creation; nothing even exists apart from the eternal God, the one “who is and who was and who is to come.” Our little minds struggle to grasp what John saw, and when insights come to us, the effect is overwhelming. In those brief moments we catch glimpses of pure love and joy, and our souls are strangely warmed. God is pure power and might, the creator of life and light, greater than the universe, and present in every human heart, accessible to us all. Who can fathom such a God? It is Christ Jesus who has made God known!
Thought for the Day: How do I describe God to others?