Our living God is the same God in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, but who is He? We shall soon find out as we read in Isaiah 44 and Revelation 1. In Isaiah 44 it reads, “thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6) But who was speaking this way of himself? It was Jesus, my friends. Revelation 1 reads, “and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:5-8) Wow, it can’t get plainer than that to see. Our God said He is the first and the last and that there is no other God, and Jesus said the same thing about Himself also. But did He say this again unto John? Yes, He did. We can even see this in the same chapter “saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book.” (Revelation 1:11)
Speaking of Jesus, who we know is God, we also get to see His God-like figure before us. It reads, “and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1:13-18) Wow! So a third time Jesus said He is the first and the last, which is God. This is also pretty amazing stuff when it comes to seeing how Jesus really looks like in His God-like appearance. And now that we know that the same God in Isaiah is Jesus, close your eyes for a minute and imagine Jesus in the way that John described Him. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Jesus put His hand upon you while you are found kneeling down by your bedside, couch, or anywhere else? Jesus is God and can save anyone who calls upon His Name.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will stop believing everything we hear from people, but put those words to test in the Bible. Many people do not wish for us to believe that You are God, Jesus, and I know that Your Word speaks out against them. These people want others to believe that You never said that You were God, but I wonder how many times they actually read and studied the Bible for themselves. If they had, then they would find out that in many verses in the New Testament You actually do say You are God. It is actually remarkable the number of times You said this, and still people doubt this fact. Therefore, I will do all that I can to help people come to know the one true God. You are the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. You said this in times past and now, Jesus, You have confirmed this important fact for all to see and know. You are the same God that the Israelites believed in, and are here for us still. You have not left us comfortless, for You have left behind the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Even the Spirit of truth that allows Your presence to dwell with us always. Thank You, Jesus. I believe in You. I trust in You. I know that You are the Christ, which is our promised Messiah. You came to save us all from our sins and I am so grateful. I give You glory, God. From this day and forever do I praise Your holy Name. You the Son of Man and the giver and remover of life. You hold the keys to life and death. I just pray that one day I will be called up to live with You forever. I love You. Amen.