by Brian Vander Haak (Taipei, Taiwan)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Little kids trying to top each other will call out something like “a bazillion times a quadramazzilion,” then someone will add a one to it, then another will say “the biggest number in the world plus one.” When I was in middle school, several of us lay on a grassy hill as stars began to appear. We looked up at the vastness and tried to wrap our young minds around the concepts of infinity and eternity. We wrestled with the idea that at the very last star our minds could imagine there would be more and more and more. Our free ranging thoughts tried to go to infinity and beyond as Buzz Lightyear would so many years later. Young lovers can banter “I love you more” back and forth ad nauseam. Our human minds are bound by physical limitations, and yet we are fascinated by the things like the attributes of God we are physically unable to fully understand or articulate.
In this chapter “for ever and ever” is used twice, as is the concept of first and last represented in Alpha and Omega (see also verse 17) as well as the reinforcing phrasing of is, was, and is to come. This juxtaposition of eternity and the finite reference to the state of last-ness is amazingly powerful to me.
There is no end, but if there was, He would embody it. It is all about Him. He is the farthest point on a scale that has no farthest point. The last Word with no way to top it. Mind blowing and awesome.
~Brian Vander Haak