Dr. Dan Hayden • 

When we refer to someone in the past, we say, who was. And when we speak of someone in the future, we say, who will be. But when we talk about the present, we say, who is.

In the beginning verses of the book of Revelation, the Apostle John introduces Jesus Christ and the spectacular nature of his second coming. Then in Revelation 1:8, he records the words of Jesus when he says,

I am the Alpha and the Omega says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Now here John reveals a number of things about Jesus. First He is the Alpha and Omega. Those are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and indicates that Jesus is the one who communicates for God.
Then last John says that He is the Almighty, all the power of the Godhead resides in Him. But right in the middle of these two statements Jesus says, I am the one who is and who was and who is to come.

 

Now the words is and was and is to come are various tenses of the same verb to be. And this is the verb that Jesus used earlier when He said in John 8.58, Before Abraham was, I Am.
There He was claiming to be the very God of heaven who said that his name was, I Am, the eternally existing one. Well here in Revelation 1:8, Jesus is emphasizing the continuous nature of his existence.

He is the one who is, the ever-present one. He is the one who was, the sovereign Lord over all history. And He is the one who is to come, the future belongs to Him. He is the great I Am who is.
Now you know the real meaning of the word.

Jesus is Lord of your past, present and future. Now that is a comforting thought, isn’t it?