“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”” (Revelation 21:5-7 )
It is done. All prophesying and foretelling has come to fruition. The baby is laying in the manager, and Mary and Joseph are keeping watch over the sleeping child. The shepherds are coming, and the Wise Men will be somewhere behind them. There is still an echoing from the heavenly choirs song. And the star of Bethlehem shines on.
It is done. The weeks of shopping and wrapping are over. Christmas dinner is planned and ready to be laid on the table. Friends, neighbors, relatives and invited guests are congregated at tables and in living rooms across the country. Children of all ages are being watched over as presents are unwrapped, oohed and aah-ed over, and enjoyed. And the Christmas decorations twinkling brightly shine on.
It is done. God has sent to us a means for salvation. God’s love has been made manifest in a way that cannot be ignored. And it will not be. It has not been. I doubt there is anyone on this planet that does not know about the Christian faith, even if it is not a faith they ascribed to. But in a way, it is just the beginning. When things come to an end, they have a habit of beginning again. This passage from Revelation has God declaring that the Lord is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega.
What God made manifest over two thousand years ago, we began telling, believing, and living again and again. The Promise that came in the life, and death, of Christ is always renewed. We will be children of God.
May this day and this season find you with friends and family, loved ones all. And may the Christ who was born this day many lifetimes away be born in you anew in the coming year. Selah!