I grew up listening to the radio when I was kid. I remember listening to Darrel Aune give the play by play to the OSU Beavers football games. I remember listening to the tales of the Cinnamon Bear at Christmas time. And I remember to listening to Dr. J. Vernon McGee.
J. Vernon McGee had one of those familiar, friendly, story-telling voices that drew me into his daily Thru the Bible radio programs. As a teen, I remember getting ready for school in the morning and listening to Dr. McGee give his 30 minute broadcast. I loved them because of how encouraging, real, and helpful they were to me. Although, Dr. McGee went to be with his Savior in 1988, his voice continues to be heard worldwide on over 400 different stations and on the internet.
Well, the reason I’m mentioning Dr. McGee today is because I found a short teaching of his on Jesus, the Alpha and Omega.
There are three verses that identify Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8 NIV
He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 21:6 NIV
Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:12-13 NIV
Dr. J. Vernon McGee wrote this in response…
“This is quite a remarkable statement in the Greek language. The alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. From an alphabet you make words, and Jesus Christ is called the “Word of God” – the full revelation and intelligent communication of God. He is the only alphabet you can use to reach God, my friend. The only language God speaks and understands is the language where Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega and all the letters in between. He is the “A” and the “Z,” and He is the “ABC.”
I’ll never sing my ABC’s the same way again.
When we read through the three verses where Jesus is identified as the Alpha and Omega, we see other powerful and comforting characteristics. He was. He is. He is to come. He is the Beginning and the End. He is the First and the Last. He is Almighty. He quenches our thirst and need for God. He cares for us. He is not far. He is close. He holds affirmation and reward in His hands. He will reward us according to every kind of work both small and large, that were done in His name and for the honor and praise of His Father. As Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ encompasses all time and all eternity.
In the past, Jesus was there.
In the present, Jesus is here.
In the future, Jesus will come.
When I consider this, I am comforted. I feel a tremendous sense of security and peace.
My circumstances and life ambitions are always changing. In some things I have control. In other things, I have no control at all! As I consider my present situation and its challenges, I need to remember that Jesus was there in the beginning of it. Jesus is here with me now. Jesus will be there when this current set of circumstances come to an end. He is my Alpha and Omega.
Yet assigning Jesus as my Alpha and Omega to my present life does not go far enough. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega since the beginning of time. Before Creation, Jesus was. Throughout Creation and man’s time on earth, He has been there and He is here now. Soon, Jesus will pronounce victory over all sin and death, when this earth passes away and the New Earth is resurrected and joined with the heavens. He is Alpha and Omega for every age past, for every present age, and for the age to come.
Jesus is at work to prepare a place for us all. The program is not yet complete. We continue to look forward to the day when Jesus proclaims
“… It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 21:6 NIV
We haven’t come to the end of our ABC song yet. There is still time to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to invite our family, friends, workmates, and neighbors to hear and sing the ABC song for themselves. As the familiar ABC song ends with, “Next time won’t you sing with me?” I pray that many will join in as we sing songs of praise and adoration to Jesus, our Alpha and Omega.