Track Group | 2.6

Track Group | 2.6

Track Group | 2.6

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and last week we looked at Jesus saying that he is the light of the world.

This week we are looking at what it means for Jesus to say:

“I AM the alpha and the omega”
Revelation 22:13

Intro

We are so used to hearing Jesus speak in the Gospels; but he also speaks in the Revelation. We don’t typically spend a lot of time in the book of revelation so you can always make use of the Bible Project video on it (I’ll pop it in this post.) The revelation was made to John and is full of symbols, apocalypic writing and hope of a renewed creation. Towards the end of the revelation the writing turns to a vision of the uniting of Heaven and Earth – The Kingdom of God. It’s full of references to the Garden of Eden (see how many you can spot!) which was the last time God’s space and our space were united. Check out the passage here:

Revelation 22:1-13 (NIV)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me (John), “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

“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.”

Reflection

Did you notice that bit that ties into our last session? There won’t be any need for natural light from the sun because God is fully the light of the world in the world. His presence will be with his people.

You might have heard this phrase before. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last but as with these metaphores there’s a deeper meaning. Luckily for us, this one isn’t too complicated! Jesus is saying that he was there at the beginning and will be there at the end. All of history is held by God. Wow. All of history? Yeah! And the future. All of it.

What does it mean for us that God is there at the end of history?
Do you see this as a comforting thing?

In the Revelation, the revelation is coming to a close. God has revealed his plan for a restored creation, fully united with his people. It’s our hope. One day, we don’t know when, we will be with Jesus. Many people try to speculate when that’s going to happen or how… but the truth is we aren’t given those details. We are told that God keeps his promises. That he is restoring all creation to himself and he will reign with us in his Kingdom.

Why is hope so important?
What causes you to struggle to trust God?

The Bible Project – Rev

Prayer

Dear God, we thank you that you are at work in each one of us bringing pockets of the new creation here on Earth. Help us to trust you when things are hard and help us to look beyond our immediate situation to see that you are the alpha and the omega. Amen.

Worship

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