Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. Why did He choose this term to refer to Himself? These are the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet, therefore, Jesus Christ is the first and the last, beginning and end – He was there in the beginning (John 1:1) and He will be there until the end.
~Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
~Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
~Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
~Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Because Christ can claim these titles, He is the only one who is qualified to take the penalty for our salvation. I love reading Hebrews because Paul puts to rest any need for the Rabbinical priesthood or any other priesthood for that matter. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the only sacrifice we need – from the beginning to the end. His sacrifice no longer needs to be offered daily but is complete!
~Hebrews 7:15-28 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, (15) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. (16) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (17) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. (18 ) For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (19) And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: (20) (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec: ) (21) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. (22) And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: (23) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. (24) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (25) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (26) Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. (27) For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. (28 )
No more sacrifice is needed because the Alpha and the Omega, Jesus Christ, offered Himself and He alone is sufficient from the beginning to the end! There is nothing more to be added – nothing to be taken away! You can tell a cult by what they add to or take away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His complete work of the cross.
Do they add works? Do they add sacraments? Do they take away the emphasis of His shed blood? Do they say He did not really rise from the dead? These are instrumental parts of the Gospel of Christ! To add to or take away from this precious work is to state that His sacrifice on that cross was not sufficient. I absolutely love Revelation 21:6! ~Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. To come to Jesus, you must first believe that there is no other way but His way. He is the one that provides the water of life freely. It’s not the church – it’s not by works – for it were through the church or by my works, it is no longer free, is it? Ah, but Jesus said it was free! Would the beginning and the end – the Alpha and the Omega, lie? His Word is too precious – His Word is eternal. ~Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Nothing in His Word will be left incomplete. The Hebrew jot and tittle are equivalent to our English crossing of the letter “t” and the dotting of our letter “i”. If such a tiny mark is this important to the Lord, Jesus Christ, then His Word and His salvation are no less!
We just finished celebrating Resurrection Sunday! Buddha did not rise from the dead. Mohammad did not rise from the dead. Joseph Smith did not rise from the dead! Only the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega rose from the dead. He died once, He rose once and He will come again to gather us to Himself! 🙂