“I am Alpha and Omega” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
This Sunday we ended the church year which began last December 3rd by anticipating Jesus coming, celebrating his coming, his life, his death and resurrection, ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Today, we celebrated the end, when he shall come again as Christ the King, Alpha and Omega. Next Sunday, Dec. 2 we begin again rehearsing his coming, his life, his death, his resurrection, his ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit. And yes, his return as Christ the King to take all who trust in him, the firstborn of the dead, that the grave would be but the womb in which we wait for our new birth.
Why do we ride this same merry-go-round year after year? Because we do not know what the new year in the church, or in the world will bring. We are not God, the be all and end all of all that is. Therefore, we prayed this morning that Jesus Christ would so governor our hearts and minds via the Holy Spirit that keeping in mind Jesus glorious return, we would persist in our trust in Christ and in living lives of holiness even as we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth