Christ’s Unexpected Reign

Revelation 1:4b–8

Our Infinite God “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:8


“I Am That I Am” (Exod. 3:14, KJV). “I am the Alpha and the Omega” (Rev. 1:8). Sometimes the phrases used to describe God in Scripture are abstract and even confusing.


While Jesus sometimes uses more familiar images, like “Good Shepherd,” to describe God’s nature, other times the Bible can leave us scratching our heads as we encounter language that seems more cosmic than relatable.


The truth is, we worship a God who cannot be described in words, who is beyond the capacity of all our languages. Our human definitions, categories, and even metaphors fall short when it comes to describing God. Phrases like these try to get at the boundlessness of God’s nature. God is the beginning, the ending, and everything in between. God encompasses all of time and space. God is too infinite to be described or understood. But it is this expansive God who comes to be with us, who cares for us, and who saves us. We are not too small to be noticed; we are valued by the creator of the cosmos.


Almighty God, thank you for caring for all creatures, great and small. Amen.


Slats Toole, Minneapolis, Minnesota


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