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The First and the Last

August 12, 2012 | 0 comments

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”. Revelation 1:8

Michelangelo's famous statue of David has an interesting history. Though it was commissioned to him on August 3rd of 1501, he did not begin working on it until September 16th. Or so it seemed. For over a month he rose every morning, donned his artists cloak, and went with his assistant and stood in front of that raw slab of marble. All day he would stare at the stone, and then pack up his things and go home. He did this for 33 days. Out a sense of inquisitive frustration, his assistant finally asked, "What are you doing staring at that slab of marble for so long every day?" His answer was simple, "working". When Michelangelo set to work, the first thing he saw was the last touch. The end existed in his mind before beginning. It was the completed form that moved him.

So it is with Christ, the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”. From the foundation of the world, before the beginning began, He saw the finished thing. The Lamb slain, sinners redeemed, and a bride glorified. The Son of Man has been, all along, the Artist of every stroke, every action, every moment, of every day. He has already reconciled to Himself apparent days of chaos. He has already reconciled to Himself, the darkness over the face of the deep. He has already reconciled to Himself, the things without form, and void. When God said, "Let us make man", it was not Adam that stood before His eye; it was Christ, all in all. It was the idea of Him, the completion of Him, that sustained His heart, that gave inspiration to every stroke. The Man that came in the fullness of time, was from everlasting, with the end in view; of a work finished, a warfare accomplished, and a people seated “together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. Is Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of your faith?

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor

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