“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End

From Him, the seed and fountain, springs forth creation in all its glory. God is the oldest and first thing, the origin and source of all existence, and the whole pattern, even creation itself, is founded on Him as a tower built on firm ground. All truth is God's truth, all love is derived from Love Himself, all beauty a reflection of the Beautiful One. It is all to be found first and foremost in Him.

Through Him are all things accomplished. He is not only the origin of all, but the Life that continues to uphold the universe. In Him all things live and move and have their being. Like a fish in water, like a human in air, creation lives and breathes and grows through the Creator. "Deep Heaven is inside Him who is inside the seed": the likeness of divinity is in everything created by the Creator. And through His incarnation and image and pattern, all creation is made new and grows forever higher and deeper, forever closer to God.

To Him are all things. He is the final and ultimate new thing, the all-encompassing light and heat towards which the tree grows in all its fullness, the central character around Whom all the events in the story are woven. All creation bears the image of its Maker, all things reflect and magnify His light. And in the end all things are reconciled to Him, regathered to Him, resurrected to the Resurrection and the Life. Blessed Be He!

"All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." - Colossians 1:16-17
He is all in all, beginning and end, Alpha and Omega. He is the foundation and beginning of all things, the life and motion and growth of all things, the purpose and end of all things. The Light by Whom we see and understand the world, The Life that overcame death, the Love for Whom we were made, the Lord and God of all existence. Blessed be He forever and ever, unto ages of ages!
"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen." - Romans 11:36

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