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This is the beginning of a letter that John wrote to the seven churches in the province of Asia. It’s a bit different from the other letters in the Bible though, as this one is inspired by a vision. It’s quite dramatic and makes films and video games look a bit tame in comparison really – wait and see what’s coming!
This prologue to the letter about the vision John had tells us some really important truths. Firstly, John says that God loves us and more than that, he loves us so much that he has freed us from our sins by his blood – Jesus died and was the sacrifice needed to pay for all the things we’ve done wrong in our lives. Then he says he has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve God forever. It’s slightly strange language, but the original Greek (get me, I’m cool…) says that we are kings for God, because Jesus made us so. A king is someone with status, dignity and power. This is what we have through Jesus! We are also priests – called to present everything we are as a living sacrifice before God.
These are big things. Sometimes, when I hear these kinds of words, I think “really? That can’t be true for me – maybe for everyone else it is.” But it is true. The passage goes on to say that the Lord says “I am the Alpha and the Omega [the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, sounds cool, means the beginning and the end and everything that lies in between], who is and was and is to come.”
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes. He was faithful back in the olden days when life was black and white like in the films (jokes, back way before films were even invented!) and he will be faithful way into the future to our grandchildren’s grandchildren and beyond. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that he is still good in the here and now, that he is faithful today. But he is God. He is always faithful, even in the middle of everything going on.
He is the Almighty – literally the all-mighty one, the all-powerful one who hung the earth on it’s foundations and flung stars into space. He can do all the things that we can’t even imagine.
He alone is worthy of all our praise.
Lord God, Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Thank you for your greatness, your faithfulness and your love. Today I offer all I am to you as a living sacrifice. You alone are worthy of all our praise. Amen.
How can you offer today to God as a living sacrifice?