Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) (6) 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.
Jesus is the Everlasting Father.
Does it sound unusual that one of Jesus’ names is Everlasting Father? Isn’t Jesus the Son and God the Father? What did Isaiah mean? Jesus’ own words can help us out. In John 10:30 Jesus said, “The Father and I are one.”
In response to Philip’s request “to show them the Father” Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” John 14:9-10. What Jesus is saying is that if you want to know what God the Father is like, look at Jesus. He is the perfect image of God and the exact representation of His being.
Embedded in the title Everlasting Father is also the idea of Jesus being the King who will be a father to the children of Israel. He will be their provider and protector for all eternity.
Taken together, this description of Christ points us to His kingly protection and provision as a father to his children. It also reminds us that when we see Jesus, we are seeing our heavenly Father. Want to know God? Then read everything in the Bible you can find about Jesus.
Let’s take this opportunity to focus on Jesus as our Provider and Protector. Our King not only loves us but expresses His love by meeting our needs. Christmas is a good time to pause and consider how gracious God is to provide for our needs; not our wants.