April 14, 2022
The Year of our Lord, Jesus Christ
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.
Is He yours? Jesus told John that He, the Lord, is the first and the last. He does not qualify this statement with specifics of that in which He is the first and the last. Logically then He is stating that in everything He is the first and the last. But is He yours?
Is He first in your life? Do you wake up with Him on your mind? Is He the last thing you think about when falling asleep? When decisions need to be made is He the first and the last in your decision-making process? Do you run to Him first when difficulties arise? At the last do you thank Him for all things; good or bad? In your music choices is He the first consideration in your listening? Is He the last thing you think about after listening to your songs? In your marriage is He the first and the last? Is He before your spouse? Is He the last word on the matters of disagreement in your home?
We could go on and on ad nauseum, but you get the picture.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the first and the last! That is what He claims and that is what the Bible proves. Colossians 1:18 proves it: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. The Word of God proves that Jesus was there on the day of creation and He will be there on the last day of this earth.
Four in the Bible is the number of total completion. There are four parts of a day: morning, daytime, evening, night. There are four main points on a compass encompassing the entire geographic range. There are four members of a nuclear family: father, mother, sister, brother. There are four Gospel accounts. So forth and so on. In the book of Revelation four times, it is stated that the Lord Jesus Christ is the first and the last (1:11, 1:17, 2:8, 22:13).
This truth is settled. But is He your first and last in everything?
Until next time,
William T. Howe, Ph.D.