Scripture for Today: Isaiah 9:6 “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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
I love watching my son-in-law learning to be a father to our newest grandson. Every day he picks up that sweet eight-pound bundle with more confidence. He is learning to distinguish the different cries right alongside of my daughter. It is so sweet to see all the cuddling and to watch the nurturing side of this macho man emerge. I wonder what their future relationship will be like. One thing is certain; once a Father, always a Father. My grandson cannot be “unborn” out of the family. The father-child relationship is forever.
Our verse today prophesies the birth of Jesus, giving us several names for Him. Normally, when thinking of Jesus, the Son of God, we do not think of the title, “Everlasting Father.” However, Jesus being God Himself, shares all His attributes even though His role is different. Jesus is everlasting with no beginning and no end. He is also loving and nurturing like a Father to His children.
I love the image of an attentive caring father. A loving father understands the vulnerability and weaknesses of his child. Jesus is the best kind of Father because He has lived the life He asks us to live. Because He Himself entered our world as a baby, He is in a position of a special understanding. And unlike earthly well-meaning fathers, the love of our Everlasting Father is a love that is unconditional and unending.
Thank you Lord, for being my understanding, perfect, and loving Everlasting Father.