One of our readers submitted the quote:
“I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.”
Any casual reader of the Bible should know that these are the words of Jesus Christ as written by the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation. “I am the Alpha and the Omega” can be found in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6 and 22:13. I find it interesting, that like all good teachers, Jesus realizes the importance of using repetition to reinforce and anchor the truth of His words. For example, we see the use of “verily, verily” throughout the Gospels (King James Version) whenever Jesus makes a point that He wants to stick in the minds of the hearers.
So what truth is He trying to get to “stick” with us by stating that He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, four times in Revelation? Namely this: that Jesus Christ is God. He says that the “Father and I are One” time and again. And if you recall the passage in John 8 where the Pharisees “took they up stones to cast at him”, it was right after Jesus said this:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. – John 8:58 KJV
Note the use of “verily, verily” which means “truly, truly” – He wants this to stick. In this passage Jesus refers to Himself as “I Am”, or in other words he claims to be God Himself, who existed before time. This is a core tenant of Christianity, that God took upon flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, and is thus called Emmanuel, i.e., God is with us. He was, is, and shall be forevermore: the Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning, the End.