Alpha and Omega: The Omega Man | Mac Hammond
Christmas is a celebration of the coming of God’s redemption during the darkest of human times. And, of course, the light of His love and salvation is through the person of Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to earth, the whole world was under the heel of Roman oppression. The Lord chose to send our Savior into the world during a very dark time. This truth of the Savior coming in dark times can be applied to each of us individually. It demonstrates the universal truth that God will always penetrate the darkest days in your life… if you understand that’s His purpose and are receptive to Him. Thus began Pastor Mac’s two-part series entitled, “Alpha and Omega.”
Dive Deeper
The best way to understand what we should be celebrating at Christmas is by letting Jesus tell us Himself; He succinctly identifies who He is and what He came to do in Revelation 1:8. The Lord says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”
We would think that Alpha and Omega is simply identifying Himself as the beginning and the ending. He was here before the beginning, and He’ll be here after the ending. This is referring to His timeless nature… eternity.
But Pastor Mac said he thinks there is more to this statement other than a reference to the timeless dimension of the Lord.
Verse 11 says, “I’m the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” Here He calls Himself “the first and the last,” which is similar to “the beginning and the ending.”
Then in verse 18, Jesus says about Himself, “I am he that liveth and was dead.” This refers to the Savior coming to earth in human form in order to die for us. Jesus died on the cross and then He says, “Behold, I am alive forevermore.” This phrase is a reference to His death and resurrection.
So through the process of His coming to this earth in human flesh, suffering and dying, and being raised from the dead, He says, “I have the keys of hell and death.”
What does Alpha and Omega really mean? Alpha means “the beginning.” Omega means “the ending.” But the ending of what? He is the beginning of life and the ending of death.
In the first part of Pastor Mac’s two-part series, he began to talk about Jesus being our “Omega Man.” Jesus ended the dominion of death over every human being that names Him as his Lord.
We are celebrating Christmas: His coming to earth for the purpose of redemption… to put an end to death.
Redemption involves being redeemed from something unto something. So when Jesus says He’s the Alpha and Omega, He’s telling us He’s redeemed us from death unto life.
In this message, Pastor Mac talked about the “death part” of being redeemed from the dominion of death.
He said, “Death is all around us and will be through the balance of this dispensation, the balance of this age.”
First Corinthians 15 tells us that death will be the last enemy to be put underfoot. When the church gets taken out of the earth by way of rapture, the tribulation will occur. After which there will be death no more.
Read About It
Rev. 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
1st Cor. 15:26, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
Heb. 2:14, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
Discussion Questions
Jesus said He was the beginning and the end, the first and the last. What do you think He was trying to say with this description?
When you celebrate Christmas, how would you explain to someone that Jesus is our Omega Man?

Recent Sermon Notes

Focus on Effect | Mac Hammond

Pastor Mac began a new series entitled, “Focus on Effect.” He started off by telling us the topic of the new series is something we probably think we already know about, but in fact, we don’t know enough about it as we probably should. The scriptural reference was 2nd Corinthians 4:17–18: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Though Pastor Mac has taught on this passage before, he said he’s “gotten a glimpse of a different side of this mountain. And I’m seeing it from a perspective that has really impacted me in a positive way.” He added, “And I want it to be that way for you all as well.”

Are We in the Days of Noah? | Jim Hammond

Jesus’ disciples asked Him what the signs will be of His coming. Jesus said it will be like it was in the days of Noah: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Fellow believers, we are in the days of Noah. All they thought about in the days of Noah was eating and drinking and the like. They were not thinking about the flood that was coming. So it is today!

A Deception of Palestine | Jim Hammond

This past weekend, Pastor Jim ministered a special God-directed message for the congregation entitled, “A Deception of Palestine.” He talked about how there is a division in the body of Christ worldwide, where believers are allowing themselves to become deceived when it comes to the present and ongoing deception regarding the Jewish people and Israel. It’s important that Christians do not allow themselves to be persuaded by worldly and ungodly leaders and news systems. It’s important they know what the Word of God says and exalt it as God’s truth.

The Seven Mountains of Influence Lance Wallnau

This last weekend, we had a very special guest minister, Lance Wallnau, at our weekend services. Lance is well known for his revelation of the “Seven Mountains of Influence” and how these mountains of influence shape and change the world. He preached about how God is calling the church to make disciples of nations. And in order to do that, we need strong, territorial churches that are raising up believers to go out and become the “head and not the tail.” Lance basically taught on the same thing at all three services but much of the information he shared in each service differed. So in light of that, if you want to hear his full message, it would be beneficial for you to listen to all three messages.

A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing | Dennis Burke

This past weekend, Living Word’s Guest Minister Dennis Burke taught a message entitled, “A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing.” He shared that it is understood that as members of the body of Christ, we have a clear sense that we are living in the last days. And even if these are not the last of the last days, we understand that these are our personal last days. So we must treat this time with a sense of commitment and a sense of design from the Spirit of God for our lives to make an impact, to make a difference. In fact, that’s what we’ve been designed for!