10th April 2012

The Everlasting Father

“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 Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV UK)

Seven hundred years before his birth the Prophet Isaiah was inspired to write those words about Jesus the Messiah. This unique child was to be born for us and given to us. He was both God and man, and his name is Jesus. He was born in Bethlehem of Judea, raised in Galilee and died outside the city of Jerusalem. This Child was revealed to the shepherds at his birth as—a Saviour who is Christ the Lord! (Luke 2:11).

But did you ever wonder why this Son of God should be called the Everlasting Father by Isaiah? Seems a bit mysterious, doesn’t it? Many commentators say this passage with Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, is a reference to the Trinity; that Jesus was God and therefore, the Everlasting Father as well as the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor.

There is however, another way of viewing this reference to Jesus as the “Everlasting Father”: The Jewish use of the word “Father” is sometimes used to mean “originator of” or “author of”—for example, in Genesis 4:20, we are told that Jabal was the father (originator) of all who dwell in tents and have livestock; probably a nomadic tribe. In the next verse we are informed that his brother Jubal was the father (originator) of all who play the harp and flute; musicians. Satan, Jesus said; is the father—the originator—of lies! (John 8:44).

So Jesus is the Father—The Originator or The Author—of eternity; He came to reveal and to share eternity with us humans because He is the Father of Eternity!

Remember the “Golden” Text? “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Sometimes we forget that these are Jesus’ own words while he was speaking to Nicodemus. When Jesus was born at Bethlehem, time and eternity met in a person, a flesh and blood human who was both God and man. When He died on Golgotha, He became The Way, the Author of eternity for all mankind. This is the Saviour that we have in Jesus Christ; He is “the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9).

Hebrews 9:12 points out that by dying He obtained eternal redemption for us. He then gives us the gift of eternal life as we see in John 10:28, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.” Let us rejoice in our “Father of Eternity”—Saviour and Friend—for all he has given us at such a great price!

Our tender Father, again I just stand in awe of your Beloved Son and give you grateful thanks for such a precious gift.

Study by Cliff Neill

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One Response to “10th April 2012”

  1. Valerie bagley on April 10th, 2012 8:23 am

    I tuned in to Day by Day for the first time today, and found the thought of Jesus as the Originator a real blessing , not only as the originator of eternal salvation, but also as the eternal originator of all things, which reminded me of Col 1:15-20.
    Thank you.

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