Before this years closes…As I reflected on Advent, and the year in general, I thought of all the ways Jesus comes to us now. I thought I should close the year with one more Advent scripture, not about how He came, or comes, but His future return. The return of the King from the Revelation of John chapter 22.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End…I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with Godʼs people.
Revelation 22:12-13, 16, 20-21 NIV
The Alpha and Omega…As I prayed and meditated on this, a question came to mind. Did Jesus really say Alpha and Omega? Why would he? Being A Hebrew speaking to other Hebrews, would that mean anything to them besides first and last, beginning and end?
What if he really said the Aleph and Tav? The first and last letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet.
Seeking always leads to finding, and I found a lot, more than I can explain here and enough to make me believe he must have said just that.
Jewish tradition holds the words of YHVH as sacred, every letter is God-breathed and has meaning. The first letter of their alphabet is ‘aleph.’ It means Lord, master, strength. The last letter of their alphabet is ‘tav.’ It means signature or mark. Jesus was proclaiming His lordship and declaring His finished work.
I began the year seeking and had painted a map on Hebrews 11 to portray the journey to finding. On that map I placed an X to mark the spot I was destined to find. I just found out that the letter ‘tav’ in the paleo Hebrew script looks like an X! So it’s true that X marks the spot!
As we enter into 2017, let us reflect on our beginnings and endings in our journaling adventures and may we continually grow closer to the Lord as we spread His love this year.