Small barren rocky island outcrops are frequently used to incarcerate criminals: such as Alcatraz in San Francisco harbour or Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour. In the first century the Romans banished their criminals to the rocky and arid isle of Patmos (see image above). This is where the apostle John was exiled because, as a Christian, he was considered to be a member of a strange cult group which was known for causing trouble within the Empire.
On that island Jesus came to John and introduced Himself as: “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” (Rev. 1:8 KJV).
In a place that defined the limits of a man’s existence, Jesus stated, first and foremost that He is. The Greek word means He was “omnitemporal” – He had timeless existence. He had eternality. Jesus has always existed and always will exist as the Lord God. He had no beginning and He had no ending, or, as He explained, He was the beginning and He will be the ending. He was the Alpha, the beginning of the Greek alphabet and the Omega, the ending of the Greek alphabet, and everything in between.
The Jesus we seek is the now Jesus. Not the Jesus of 2,000 years ago. Not the Jesus of the future.
Jesus was showing John that He is with us now. We need His love now. We need His power now. We need His comfort now.
If you have a problem, He is here now. If you are sick, He is here now. If you are depressed, He is here now.
Once you really grasp this, you will be expectant of Jesus to answer your prayers. You will experience Jesus for the present day. You will realise that He is a living God and that He will lift you out of any bondages that afflict you, starting with the bondage to sin and from there, all the bondages that we get into because of the effects of sin. Jesus will set you free from Satan’s power.
You will see Jesus heal today, mind, body and spirit.