Daily Service: Jesus is the Everlasting Father
Fourteenth in the series “Jesus is” – I will include scriptures, references,
graphics, and songs also.
Isaiah 9: 6 AMP 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 [of
Eternity], Prince of Peace. [Isa. 25:1; 40:9-11; Matt. 28:18; Luke 2:11.]
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
For unto us, a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government
will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Prince of Peace.
Here Isaiah recorded five things about the coming Messiah.
This Deliverer will also be called the Everlasting Father. Many people are puzzled by this title because the Messiah, God’s Son. How can the Son be the Father? Several things must be noted in this regard. First, the Messiah, is in His essence, God. Therefore He has all the attributes of God including eternality. Since God is One (even though He exists in three Persons), the Messiah is God. Second, the title “Everlasting Father” is an idiom used to describe the Messiah’s relationship to time, not His relationship to the other members of the Trinity. He is said to be everlasting, just as God (the Father) is called “the Ancient of Days” (Dan. 7:9). The Messiah will be a “fatherly” Ruler. Third, perhaps Isaiah had in mind
the promise to David (2 Sam. 7:16) about the “foreverness” of the kingdom which
God promised would come through David’s line. The Messiah, a Descendant of
David will fulfill this promise for which the nation had been waiting.
The Messiah is also called the Prince of Peace, the One who will bring in and maintain the time of millennial peace when the nation will be properly related to the Lord. Together, these four titles give a beautiful picture of the coming Messiah’s character (Isa. 9:6 includes the first of Isaiah’s 25 references to peace.)
Apparently, Isaiah assumed that the messianic Child, Jesus Christ, would establish His reign in one Advent, that when the Child grew up He would rule in triumph. Like
the other prophets, Isaiah was not aware of the great time gap between
Messiah’s two Advents (cf. 1 Peter 1:10–12, and see comments on Isa. 61:1–2).
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