To Him be the Glory
“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
Revelation 1:5b-8 (ESV)
This week, we celebrated the coming of the Messiah and his death, burial, and resurrection. This is a demonstration of the power of God over all things including over death. No longer does death hold sway in this world for God has demonstrated through this act that he is more powerful than even death. This passage declares the greatness of that risen Savior. Not only did he make us free from our sins by his blood, but he also made us a kingdom and made us priests to his God and Father. This is the power of our savior. This passage screams to us that our God is more powerful then anything we could possibly face. In this context, the early church was being persecuted severely by Rome. They underwent the most terrible and torturous deaths known to mankind. This is when the Apostle John received this revelation and sent it to the church. This must have such an encouragement to the people of the day to know that their risen Savior commands all things even death. He is the first and the last. The Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet). He is the Almighty God and nothing is beyond his power.
Sometimes, we really need to hear this. How many times have you felt alone in this world? How many times have you gone through life not knowing if anyone real-ly cares. Fear not. The God who holds power over all things will always be with you. There is nothing you can face that is beyond the power of our God. This doesn’t mean that God is going to make our lives easy or that we will be free from sorrow. What it does mean is that we never have to worry about what is going on in our lives because God has a purpose behind it. He will use hard times in your life to build you into the master piece he is sculpting.
This week, if you feel alone or tired remember who we serve. Remember that there is nothing our God can’t handle and there is no area where he can’t help you.