The wedding ring, which originated in ancient Egypt, was fashioned into a circle to symbolize eternal love. True love, it suggested, has no beginning and no end. In real life, however, romantic relationships do sometimes falter and stop. Marriages end through divorce or death. While we would like to claim that love is eternal, human love is painfully finite.
The book of Revelation provides us with a startling vision of the eternal God who has no beginning and no end. God existed before His creation—and He will exist forever. The words Alpha and Omega are the first and last words of the Greek alphabet. They echo the idea that God was in existence at the very beginning and will exist at the end. He will always be with us. He will never go away.
This description of God is tied to the faithfulness of His character because we can be assured of His constant presence. Unlike our human relationships, which are continually in a state of change, God is ultimately dependable. The passage emphasizes the faithful connection between God and His people. He has ordained this relationship to continue to the end. We are His “people,” and He will be with us as our God.
Ours is not a distant God who exists only in the furthest realm of outer space, or worse, only in our imagination; He is up close and personal. Note the description of His care. He wipes away tears. He understands human suffering. He feels our pain.
It is for this reason that God has created a new heaven and new earth. These old things—our existence marked by pain—will be gone. God’s love for us is faithful and eternal.