Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel
and his Redeemer, the LORD of Hosts:
“I Am the First and I Am the Last;
besides me there is no god.” (Isaiah 44:6)
The Israelites had a nasty habit of building idols when they felt things were not going according to their own particular way.
God has already taken the unique title, “The Lord”, in Isaiah 41:4, in the same context of proclaiming His Glory against their feeble false gods. An idol can never be the First, because an idol needs someone to make him. An idol can never be the Last, because they wear out and break (and are useless). But the Lord God of Israel is both the First and the Last; He is unique; besides Him there is no god.
Jesus takes the same title of the First and the Last in Revelation 1:17 and 22:13. If the Lord is the First and the Last according to Isaiah 44:6, and as Jesus is the First and the Last according to Revelation 1:17 and 22:13, since there cannot be two firsts or two lasts, Jesus must be our Lord God!
Do we not have our own favoured idols in our lives and society? Television, computers, work, drinking? – All useless crutches to cope with our earthly life. All to naught – when one embraces Our Lord, the First and the Last. What else do we need?
To our Lord, our Alpha & Omega, our First, our Last, we offer up humble praise, worship and thanks to You, for giving us this life and a promise of Salvation beyond it. All praise to You! Amen.