He is the Alpha and Omega,
the Beginning and the End.
The Son of God, King of Kings,
Lord of Lords, He’s everything.
Messiah, Jehovah, The Prince of Peace, is He.
Son of Man, Seed of Abraham,
Second Person in the Trinity.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Parents take their time picking out names for their children, and often the final choices are made for reasons beyond simply liking the sound of the name. A son may be given his father’s name, or sons and daughters may be named for beloved grandmothers or grandfathers, aunts or uncles, to honor the older ones by carrying their name forward. Other times, children are given Biblical names which have special meaning to the parents, such as “John,” which means “God is gracious.”
Nearly 200 names or titles for Jesus are listed in Cruden’s Concordance, with scripture references. Why do you think the Bible shows us so many ways to describe Him? Because it’s impossible to express all that He is with mere words, even with all the names given. Like an unbelievably beautiful jewel, He has so many facets that it will take eternity with Him to discover them all.
The backdrop to understanding Jesus’ title of “Alpha and Omega,” sung about in the popular Gaither song of the same name, is found in Isaiah. In chapter 44:6, God Almighty affirms, “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” And in chapter 48:12, He says “I am He: I am the first and I am the last,” just after his pronouncement that “I will not yield my glory to another.”
Then in Revelation 22:13, Jesus says “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” His use of the title is undoubtedly intended to be interpreted as the assertion that He is God Almighty.
Other names for Jesus indicate different attributes:
Son of God (Mark 1:1)
Bread of Life (John 6:35)
Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
Living Stone, Chosen of God (1 Peter 2:4)
Head of the Church (Eph. 5:23)
Image of the Invisible God (Colossians 1:15)
Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15)
Advocate (1 John 2:1)
…and on and on!
Besides the wonder of the many names of Jesus, it is a blessing to know the names given to us who have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior:
Friend of Jesus (John 15:15)
Child of God and Fellow Heir (Romans 8:17, Gal. 4:7)
The Righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Redeemed and Forgiven (Eph. 1:7)
A Citizen of Heaven (Phil. 3:20)
Near to God (Ephesians 2:13)
A New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
…and many more.
As you go on about your day today, remember Whose you are, and what the Alpha and Omega lovingly calls you. Each of us is His favorite!
Feel free to comment below and tell us which name of Jesus means the most to you and why, or share anything else that’s on your mind…we love to hear from you!