For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Today, as we continue with my series of posts about the Names of Christmas, let’s go to the third name in this series…”EVERLASTING FATHER.”
“Everlasting Father.” Doesn’t that sound amazing? A father who will last forever. Several years ago I lost my earthly father, and that was one of the hardest days of my life. I loved my dad, and I miss him every day, especially around Christmas. In the midst of my grieving the loss of my earthly father, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to cling to my Heavenly “Everlasting Father” for comfort.
“Everlasting Father” In the Hebrew literally means, the Father of Eternity. This speaks of the purpose of His coming. He is before, above, and beyond time. He is the possessor of eternity. He is eternally a father to his people for ever!
Everything we’ve ever wanted from an earthly father—Jesus is and will be for us forever. Jesus, our Messiah will always be the perfect father in the way He loves us and leads us. In Christ Jesus, we have a perfect father forever.
Sadly, when many people think of their earthly father, it doesn’t always bring to our hearts and mind someone who loves us, parents us, affirms us, and stays with us. Instead, it might remind us of someone who was distant, absent, unreliable, selfish, uncaring, and just plain mean. The reality with many families in our churches and communities today is there are people who carry a lot of emotional baggage in regards to their father.
Praise God, this is not what we get from Jesus! Jesus, our “Everlasting Father,” who left the perfection of Heaven on that first Christmas, and broke into a sinful world to fill our hearts and minds with His love, and to teach us how to share His love with others. He came to adopt us sons and daughters into His family. This is the Father’s gift to us at Christmas.
What a joy it is to read this Christmas season, “His name shall be called . . . Everlasting Father” (Isa. 9:6). Once we are adopted as one of Christ’s children, we are His forever, and He is ours forever. There will be no more sad memories with Him. There is nothing in all the world that will be able to separate us from His love.
I love what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:31-39
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Praise God for His love to us in Christ, our “Everlasting Father.”