“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, the one who is, and who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are the beginning and the end. In our lives, we have constant reminders that everything around us has its start and finish. We drive from a coast, and the land ends at another shoreline. Our day begins, and it ends with the night. A person is conceived—life begins—and eventually, that life ends—we breathe our last breath, and our heart takes its final beat. Lord, we thank you for being the source of our beginning when you created our first parents—Adam and Eve. Your words remind us that before creation occurred, you were here.
In these words, John shared that your emphasis is on the now. You are the Lord who is—the Great I Am. You created us to be with you, but sin divides us from you, and your plan of salvation was to restore us to you. So you sent your Son to remove the sins that separate us from you. We may have made past mistakes and done things contrary to your word, but Jesus came to undo all we have done. He suffered and died for all our sins so that none remain unpunished. So by faith, we trust this forgiveness he won for us. Now, every sin is forgiven, and we are restored to you according to your plan of salvation. Those things we might be ashamed of or have guilt for Christ has taken into himself. Thank you for forgiving us, for Jesus’ sake.
You are also our almighty God who is to come. Because of Jesus’ work, we are forgiven, and because of Holy Spirit’s work, we have faith, so we trust your promise of what is, what was, and what is to come. And that is salvation and eternal life. Eventually, we will breathe our last, and our heart will take its final beat here on this earth, but that is the beginning. For all who believe in Jesus, you have promised life because he rose and defeated death for us; we, too, will have eternal life. This temporal life has a beginning and an end, but for the eternal life to come, there is no end—eternal condemnation or eternal life. So let us share the good news about heaven with those who do not know you, so they can trust in Jesus and have eternal life. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Focus on the now; you cannot undo the past, but Jesus has forgiven it. You cannot change the future because God plans it. Now, you place your faith in Christ’s forgiveness.