July 21st 2010

The Last Word

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Revelation 22:13 (NIV)

How many of us were told by our parents, ‘you always like the last word’? Or perhaps we describe something that is so perfect we call it ‘the last word’ in whatever it is. The last word is the ultimate in accomplishment. We feel superior if we have the last word in a heated exchange. It is the closing word on the affair. Politicians vie for the last word in a debate. They believe the last word has the most impact, and that is what the electorate will remember.

How does our God view the last word? In Matthew 5:5, Jesus Christ commended the meek for their attitude. To be meek is not to strive to elevate oneself above others. The Cambridge dictionary gives this description of the word meek:  ‘quiet, gentle and not willing to argue or state your opinions in a forceful way’. To be meek is antonymous to one who would have the last word.

Our great Father in heaven knew what we human beings would be like and in His infinite wisdom decreed who would, in the entire universe, have the last word on any subject. In Revelation 22:13, God defined that His son Jesus Christ was the beginning and the end of all—the Alpha and the Omega; the logic of that follows that everything in between is included. Therefore our last word or the last word of others in the whole scheme of things is worthless. We are made of the dust of the earth and that in physical terms is where we will return (Genesis 3:19).

The logos—Jesus Christ—(John 1:1) was there at the beginning and will be there at the end. He was God, is God and forever will be God. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega. That being so, we need to ask ourselves why we desire to have the last word over others? Why do we need the elevation and superiority this temporarily gives?

He who was, and is the beginning and the end, said clearly that the meek would inherit the earth. As a human being, Jesus Christ epitomised humility, restraining from giving the last word—putting people down. When asked provocative and haughty questions by His enemies, he responded meekly with another question. The First and Last had the power, but not the will, to destroy. He gave us the example of meekness, so let us lose the desire to have the last word, for it is not ours to have.

Jesus, thank you for being the beginning and the end of everything. Help us to have the humility to follow you in all things, that you may be glorified.

Study by Irene Wilson

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