In what context is Jesus the first and the last? (Rev. 1:5 & 17-18 NKJV)
"and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the
dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us
and washed us from our sins in His own blood,"
"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right
hand on me, saying to me, 'Do not be afraid; I am the First and the
Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive
forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."
In what context is Jesus the first and the last? Jesus clarified, "I am He who lives, and was dead". What else is Jesus called? John said, "the firstborn from the dead." Hence, this is with regards to the resurrection.
Because, what began with Jesus? (Col. 1:18(b) GW)
"He is the beginning, the first to come back to life so that he would
have first place in everything."
What began with Jesus? Paul said, "He is the beginning, the first to come back to life". Hence why Jesus was called the Beginning or the First.
And what would Jesus bring about after the resurrection? (Col. 15:22-24)
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those
who are Christ's at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers
the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all
authority and power."
What would Jesus bring about after the resurrection? Paul said, "the end". Hence why Jesus is called the Beginning and the End, or the First and the Last.