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Saturday, April 21, 2012

O is for OMEGA

[This is the MILLERWRITES contribution to the 2012 Blogging A to Z April Challenge  Here is my INTRODUCTION to this particular series, and an opportunity for you to influence which alphabetically aligned weird words I will comment on this month.  THANK YOU for stopping by!]

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”  
Revelation 1:8

OMEGA is simply the name of the last letter in the Greek alphabet.  Alpha, is A, and OMEGA is equivalent to our Z.  Here in the opening of John's 'revelation from Jesus Christ', Jesus claims that He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the start and the finish, of all things.  We find out at various points in the Bible that it was Jesus who did the creating of Genesis, the first book of the Bible which tells us about the 'beginnings' we could not have witnessed for ourselves.

And here in the final inspired book of the Bible; an intriguing and mysterious, mostly prophetic, description of last things is given.  But right off the bat we are comforted with the insight that the Jesus we know and love as our personal Savior will be right there at the end.  Before He ascended bodily Jesus promised never to 'leave us or forsake us'.  He keeps His promises.  

The philosopher in me then wants to understand what it suggests that there is an 'OMEGA', or end.  If we are to live an eternal life, how could there ever be an 'end'?  My answer is that He is referring to the triumphal end of what I might call the 'Grand Interruption'.  

God created everything in 6 days, rested on the seventh, setting up Adam and Eve in the garden where He Himself walked with them 'in the cool of the day'.  But then came the interruption to God's good plan.  Eve and Adam chose to believe in their own human judgement, instead of in God's faultless word.  That day, after they had eaten the 'forbidden fruit', God introduced His plan to sacrifice Himself to redeem mankind.  In chapter 3, as God put a curse on the serpent for its part in tempting the young couple, He described how Jesus would retake the dominion which Adam gave to Satan: 

"...And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:15

The entire Bible then tells the story (His-story) of how God worked through the ages to prepare man to recognize his need, and to let us prove to ourselves that we could not keep any law perfectly.  Galatians 4:4 tells us... 

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law
In the end, after these few thousand years of God again entrusting His work to man (this time, that of sharing His Good News around the world, instead of simply subduing the earth), the GI (Grand Interruption) will have run its course.  Once again God will walk freely with all those who individually accept  the invitation. From the OMEGA chapter (the last chapter) of the last book; Revelation 22:3-5, we see that...

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Man's debt of sin was paid by Christ.  From the cross, Jesus declared the end of man's bondage when He said  "It is Finished"!  Perhaps those ultimate days of eternity, when our fellowship with Him is restored and implemented without any strain of sin, will be dated and known not as BC or AD, but PI,  for Post Interruption!

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