Revelation 1:5-8 (New International Reader's Version)5 May grace and peace come to you from Jesus Christ. What Jesus gives witness to can always be trusted. He was the first to rise from the dead. He rules over the kings of the earth. Give glory and power to the One who loves us! He has set us free from our sins by pouring out his blood for us. 6 He has made us members of his royal family. He has made us priests who serve his God and Father. Give him glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7 Look! He is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him. Even those who pierced him will see him. All the nations of the earth will be sad because of him. This will really happen! Amen.
8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," says the Lord God. "I am the One who is, and who was, and who will come. I am the Mighty One."
If anyone ever had any doubts as to who Jesus Christ truly is, the apostle John makes it very clear to the reader of the Book of Revelation. Unlike many other places in scripture, where the Holy Spirit led the authors to pen the words, these words are directly given to John by Jesus.
This last book of the Bible begins with Jesus's visitation to John, and John testifies to the trustworthiness of our Savior. John was witness to Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection, and he explains to us that we have been given freedom from our sins, because of what Christ has done.
In placing our trust in Him, we have been given the ultimate benefit of Next Worth living, we become members of the royal family of Heaven, serving God the Father as his priests. John tells us that we need to give Jesus the praise that he deserves, and that he will return the same way he left when he ascended into Heaven.
In stating that he is the Alpha and Omega, which are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, Jesus states that He is God, sovereignly ruling over human history. He was there at the beginning of the creation and he will be present at the end. Our hope is not placed in just another person, but in the One who takes his rightful place in the throne room of Heaven.
It is up to us to accept the place that has been offered to us for eternity.