“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIVUK)
The term ‘father’ brings to mind fond thoughts of their earthy fathers for some people, and painful memories for others whose fathers left scars upon their hearts. What a precious gift we have in Jesus then, whichever of those groups we fit into.
“Everlasting Father” applied to Jesus could be confusing; how can the Son be the Father? However, the idea in these Hebrew words is not that Jesus is the PERSON of the Father in the Trinity, but that Jesus is the “Everlasting Father” – as in – the Creator and author of life, and of all eternity.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”(John 1:1-4 NLT)
“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.”(John 1:10 NLT)
“for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.”(Colossians 1:16 NLT)
The following verse from 1 Corinthians explains this the the most clearly for me, I think.
“But for us, There is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.”(1 Corinthians 8:6 NLT)
Through Jesus’ life and death on the cross, we have access the the Father: We can now call God ‘Abba, ’meaning “Daddy.” We have a Father who loves us perfectly, as no earthly father ever could. Because of Jesus, we are adopted into God’s family and, as God’s children we are blessed with all of the benefits of living under the Father’s care. It delighted the heart of God to do this!
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”(Ephesians 1:5 NLT)
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