Everlasting Father

By: Betsy Forbes, wife of Rev. Mark Forbes, Living Hope Church of Belmont

Have you ever received a gift and you didn’t fully understand all that the gift was, could do or accomplish? You had to carefully read instructions or be extensively instructed in order to enjoy the gift at its full potential? With that in mind, I want you to imagine that you are opening Isaiah 9:6 as a present.

“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.”

You open this gift of all gifts to see a baby born in a stable to poor parents; he’s wrapped in swaddling clothes and a manger is his bed. this child is born for you. He is the Son of God given to you. from all eternity He existed in perfect unity with the Father and the Spirit but his incarnation marks the starting point for his humanity and he did so for you.

At the end of the verse, we’re given a beautiful quartet of names that heap blessing upon blessing for us. In the Bible, names are not chosen based on what’s trending in the culture of family. Names represent the intrinsic nature of a person. So, the significance and meaning of this gift is revealed and opened to us. through the Spirit, Isaiah tells us God’s Son has come to be to us our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

So, how do we understand that this Child’s name is Everlasting Father? First, let us make the distinction that the Son is not the Father – they are distinct within the Trinity> But Jesus is to us as Everlasting Father. In ancient times, the father of a nation shared a similar role as the father of a family. These men were tasked with protecting and providing for those under their care. In a similar way, this Child, Jesus, will become King and be a father to His children – protecting, providing, watching over, and guiding us to our heavenly home. And because he is our everlasting father, He is not limited by aging or death but lives forever in perpetuity.

Oh, the blessing of having Jesus as our Everlasting Father! As Spurgeon once said, “There is no unfathering Christ, and there is no unchilding us, He is everlastingly a father to those who trust in him.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the child born to us, the Son given for us – Jesus. Help us to trust His fatherly care for us in every moment of our lives. Teach us more and more about who you are so that we may love and adore you increasingly.

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