Jesus says “I am the first and the last’ in Revelation 1:17. This could be drawn out in a number of ways. However, the scriptures start in Genesis with the creation, to which John’s gospel comments, “he was with God in the beginning. through him all things were made.” So there is the Beginning. Revelation ends with a description and a promise of the New Heaven and a New Earth. (Genesis speaks of the creation of heaven and earth.) There is the end.
From a materialistic standpoint, the universe is a great moving consequence of an explosion – it is something that works out according to the laws of physics. Personality can be explained as a perception built up from complex electro-chemical processes. In this view, everything is impersonal.
From the Bible’s stand point, we see that before and after these material forces is Someone – before the big explosion that brought about the world, there was love among the Father, Son and Spirit. In the End, there will be no need for sun and stars because the light of these persons will be all that is needed.
Whatever these statements mean when they are translated from poetry to history, they do mean that the universe is deeply personal. The world of God is personal. The church is personally attended to by the “one like a son of man” (chapter 1). This creator speaks, thunders, writes letters, gives promises, shares visions and promises a banquet. These are all personal.
At the center of all things, according to the scriptures, God, in three persons, who lives, creates, intervenes, saves and attends in love.
That’s pretty neat.