Alpha and Omega – The Beginning and the End (Revelation 1:8). Four times in Scripture-all in Revelation-God reveals himself as the Alpha and Omega. Revelation 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:11 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last….” In chapter 21, verse 6, we read, “…It is done I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end”. And lastly Revelation 22: 13 says, “ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”.
Alpha and Omega are simply the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. So in essence, God is saying “I am ‘a’ and ‘z’”. But a closer look at the other words God uses-particularly “the beginning and the ending” (1:8 and 22:13)- show a greater meaning.
The word translated “beginning” is “arche”, which is used in Scripture to mean “beginning” or “origin” or “the person or thing that commences” or “that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause” or “the first place, principality, tule, magistracy” (Source: Thayer’s Greek Lexicon). Thayer’s Lexicon explains the word as : “used absolutely, of the beginning of all things”.
John 1: 1-3 says this, speaking of Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made”.
The word translated “ending” is “telos”, which is from the word “tello”, which means “to set our for a definite point or goal”. One of the translations of “telos” in Scripture is “the end to which all things relate, the aim, purpose”.
Colossians 1: 16-17 says, this of Jesus: “For by Him all thing were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist”.
Jesus is both the origin through Whom and by Whom all things were created and the purpose and end for Whom all things were created.
All of us center our lives around something-be it our families, our jobs, our hobbies … ourselves. But there is One alone Who is worthy to be the center and purpose of our lives. One alone Who is worthy of our worship. The One by Whom and for Whom all things were created. The One Who is the beginning of all things and the ending and purpose of all things. The Alpha and Omega.