To the seven churches in the province of Asia.
Grace and peace to you from the One who is, who was, and who is coming; from the seven spirits before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To Him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see Him,
including those who pierced Him.
And all the families of the earth
will mourn over Him.
This is certain. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4-8)
Jesus will make the whole world cry. Jesus told John to write letters to seven churches in the province of Asia—what today is the country of Turkey. John begins by pointing out when Jesus returns someday with the clouds, “all the families of the earth will mourn over him.” It is an allusion to the prophesy in Zechariah 12:10.
Then, John quotes these words: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.” Who said them? The “Lord God.” John affirms that Jesus, who lived on Earth as a man and died on a cross, is none other than the creator of the Universe, the God of the Old Testament, and Yahweh himself. Therefore, most modern English translations that have a “red letter edition” print those words in red.
Jesus is not just a good man. He is not just a prophet. Jesus is God himself. “Alpha” is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and “Omega” is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. By calling himself the Alpha and the Omega, and then repeating that he is “the beginning and the end” Jesus affirmed that he rules from the instant of creation until the very last moment in time. Jesus’ words were a great comfort to John and the other Christians who were facing severe persecution at the hands of the Roman authorities. They should comfort us in whatever problems or persecutions we may face today.