You had to walk to get anywhere in Bible times. As they went from town to town, Jesus and his disciples did a lot of walking. I’m certain that this travel-time was also prime teaching-time.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”
How would you answer?
Would you say that he is the Creator? – Because he is (John 1:3).
Would you say that he is the fulfillment of God’s prophecy? – Because he is (Luke 24:44)
Would you say what Peter answered?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
At the close of Revelation, Jesus answers the question Himself…
“Look, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to his work.”
Soon He will fulfill His promise to return…and when He does, Jesus will come with the authority and the right to reward believers for their choices in this life and non-believers for their rejection of who He is.
Jesus then makes a three-fold statement that validates His authority to do so. All three statements come to the same point – that He rules over all.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Alpha and Omega were the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. So, in our terms, Christ is claiming to be “the A to the Z” and by inference, everything in between. He is the one who initiates and completes humanity’s destiny.
A few verses later, Jesus has this to say about himself:
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the root and descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
These statements are similar to what Jesus said earlier. Here again, we see Jesus’ authority as He has command of the angels. He also states that He was the cause of David’s greatness (as “the Root”) and the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant promises (as “the Offspring”). Just like all of humanity, Israel’s first great king also found his beginning and end in Christ.
The morning star is the brightest star that shines just before the dawn, and was considered to be the star which announced a new day. This word picture is a perfect representation of who Christ is at the close of human history. Jesus is the brightest star in all Creation, and He is announcing the dawn of a new future, an eternity for us to partner with Him.
This. This is who Christ says He is.