Thursday, April 05, 2012

A to Z: E is for Everlasting Father

E is for Everlasting Father

I am carrying on with my themes of Jesus' names, today's is Everlasting Father.

(Isaiah 9:6 ESV)    
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.

In the above verse Isaiah a prophet of the old testament is prophesying about the coming Messiah. He calls him many things in this verse one of which is everlasting father.

This verse tells of the attributes or characteristics that the Messiah would have.

 (2 Samuel 7:13-14 ESV)   He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,

In this verse God promises David and heir whom God will establish the throne of forever! This is again where the characteristic of everlasting is found of the Messiah.

(John 1:1-5 ESV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The messiah, Jesus, is the Word... He was with God in the beginning and is God.

(John 14:9 ESV)    Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

(Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV)    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Jesus is the representation of God the Father. The exact imprint of the fathers nature.

Why is it so important that Jesus is the everlasting father?
Because that makes him the Messiah, the savior of both Jew and gentiles. The son of God.

Take sometime yourself to look up in the bible where it talks about an everlasting father. Think about what that means. Pray about that name and ask God to reveal to you more about himself through that name.

If you want, check out this song by Chris Tomlin called Everlasting God. Link:

Have an amazing Thursday!!!
Here is the link back to the A to Z challenge :)