I AM the Alpha and Omega, the first and last.
~ Rev 1 :11
What must it have been like for the Apostle John to hear the great voice, bold and musically clear as a trumpet announcing these words?
This is the New Testament echo of that glorious word in the Old Testament:
The Lord will go before you! The God of Israel will be your rear guard ! ~Is 52:12
In one translation of the Bible it is: "For your Vanguard is the Lord, and your Rear-gaurd the God of Israel."
Alph and Omega. Vanguard and Rear-guard.
No wonder that, over and over again, in one form or another, the Lord says to us : "Fear not!"| and "Do not let your your hearts be troubled." (John 14:1)
He who begins finishes. He who leads us on, follows behind to deal in love with our poor attempts...
He gathers up the things we have dropped-our fallen resolutions, our mistakes...He makes His blessed pardon to flow over our sins til they are utterly washed away. And He turns to fight the Enemy, who would pursue after us, to destroy us from behind.
He is first, and he is last!
And we are gathered up in between, as in great arms of eternal lovingkindness.
As we trave on to another day, another month, or another year we need never fear!
~Edges of His Ways ~Amy Carmichael