Bible Ballistics: Everlasting Father?? Vol. 5 #08
“For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.”
As we continue our look at the names of Jesus mentioned in this prophecy of Isaiah, we’ll focus today on the third of these four names, or titles of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we’ve already seen, He is the ‘wonderful counselor’, He is the ‘mighty God’ and we will dig into the word and search out its depths regarding ‘the everlasting Father’.
Matthew 1:23, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Referring back to the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14:
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
God foretold that “HE” would come in flesh. Not a representative, but God Himself would come and take on flesh. Hebrews 2 describes this very act of love and ‘redemption’.
Hebrews 2:14-18, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Praise God, Jesus loved us enough to come in the flesh. He became incarnate in Mary’s womb, to be born a natural, human birth. To live a life in the flesh: as a baby, a toddler, a young child, a teenager, a young man and finally revealed HIMSELF to mankind as the Savior of the World. As John so simply states the very words of our Lord in John 3:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
And more of Jesus’ own words
“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30. Jesus IS one with the Father.
And Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” He was the same Jesus in Genesis 1:1 that He is in Revelation 22:13:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” The only Redeemer!
Jesus is God, and while many wrestle with His ‘deity’, Peter addresses this in his first letter.
1 Peter 1:18-21, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
Jesus Christ was ordained by God to be the sacrifice for man’s redemption before the foundation of the world. It has always amazed me that God not only created man, but that he created man knowing we would fall, that we would need a “Redeemer” to buy us back from sin, yet knowing all of that, HE created us anyway. Jesus was there, Jesus knew from the ‘beginning’ what price He would pay for these feeble, sinful creatures called ‘man’.
God loved us so much that He prepared for our failure “before the foundation of the world”!!! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit knew what we would cost and created us, loved us and provided for us anyway!!!
Even in the apocalyptic scripture we see this indication of the eternal deity of Jesus.
Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Jesus is the ‘Everlasting Father’, the one who was there at creation in Genesis 1:26-27:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” One with His Father.
He, who was ‘us’, still is ‘one’ with the Father as He always was. Our ‘Everlasting Father’—our ‘Redeemer’—our ‘sacrifice’–our ‘Redemption’!!! This one who is the same ‘yesterday, today and forever’—died for you and me. He is still here for you. He is waiting for you today. He will save you if you don’t know Him! He will comfort and lead you if you are His. Just look up my friend. Just look up!!
Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Specifically this is referring to the ‘end times’, but we can apply it to each and every day. No matter what ‘things’ are happening around you, remember to look up, YOUR REDEMPTION is near to YOU!!! This ‘Wonderful Counselor’, this ‘Mighty God’, this ‘Everlasting Father’ is ever here for you. But don’t wait too long!!! Today may be your only chance …because….
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
“And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,…” Genesis 6:3a
“To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7b
If you hear the voice of the Lord, please respond while you have an opportunity. Don’t wait!!! Come to HIM today while you hear His voice. He may not call again, this “Everlasting Father” may not pass your way again. Don’t be lost when you have one who is seeking to save you.