The Gordian Knot was an extremely complicated fastening tied by Gordius, King of Phrygia in Asia Minor. It came to symbolise a problem that was almost impossible to solve.
Many individuals came to Gordium to try to undo the knot but they all failed. Then, according to tradition, Alexander the Great visited the city in 333 BC. After searching unsuccessfully for the hidden ends of the knot, Alexander became impatient. In an unexpected move, he drew his sword and cut through the knot. This led to the saying ‘cutting the Gordian knot’, meaning to solve a complicated problem through bold action.
For us, Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, is like the knot – without beginning and without end.