Isa. 9:6-7 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 Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
In the first 3 descriptive names of Jesus: Wonderful, Counselor, and Mighty God, we are seeing what He does and produces. But in this 4th name, Everlasting Father, we are seeing much deeper. We are looking into what He is. At the core of His being, Jesus is an everlasting flame of paternal love. As we have looked at these first 3 descriptive names for Jesus, its important that we understand that they fall short of explaining what He is. For if any of them were the core nature of His being, we would be in trouble.
If Jesus were essentially a Wonder-Worker, we’d become increasingly callous and indifferent to His miraculous demonstrations, because seeing the supernatural doesn’t change the depths of people’s hearts. Miracles don’t reach our deepest need.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
If Jesus were essentially an overwhelmingly wise Counselor, His words of wisdom would become heavy yokes of condemnation around our necks, because of our inability to follow them. Counsel doesn’t reach our deepest need.
If Jesus were essentially a mighty God of dominion, our sinful rebellions would become the first casualties of His power. Power doesn’t reach our deepest need.
Man is designed around his need to love and be loved. The paternal love of man’s reproductive process reflects the theme our Creators core being. We are designed to arrive in life, delivered into the hands of loving parents. Everything about Adam and Eve magnified the Fatherhood of God. It is no mistake that when God comes into the world to deliver us from our sins, He takes the nature of a son and carries out His sacrificial life in relationship to The Father. Asked by Phillip, at the Last Supper, Show us the Father and it will suffice us, Jesus answers …
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father .
If we explored the genetic information, locked in the DNA of Jesus blood, we would find the Father of the Universe. And from the essential code of His nature flows perfect Fatherly Love for us. It is hard to imagine how Jesus feels towards us, since we see one another from the perspective of siblings. But He, from the drama of eternity, sees man as His lost children, and the redeemed as His children returned.
Jesus is the Father of humanity.
From eternity past, man was the love in the heart of God, the force behind His creation.
Man is how God signed His creation. We are the projection of Himself into the world He made. The universe is a home for God and man’s fellowship together. It was created as the reality within which God would share His love. As man gazes out into the seeming endlessness of the starry sky, his sense of physical dimension tells him he’s insignificant. Little does he know that all the universe cannot compare to the vastness of his value in the eyes of God. Man is larger than the celestial terrarium in which he’s been placed. The earth and the heavens could sooner roll up and fade away before God would abandon His children. We are what the universe is all about, and that is why the Creator did’nt beam His Light of purpose into the stars, but He turned it into our hearts, where love could be understood and returned.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
What man needs God is. Man’s deepest need is LOVE. Man searches and labors for love. He is mediocre without it, angry when denied it, and rises to his best under its influence. Man was designed with love in mind.
When inspiring Paul with these words about Love, God was speaking of Himself .
1 Cor. 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
1 Cor. 13:5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
1 Cor. 13:6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1 Cor. 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Cor. 13:8 Love never fails;
There is a reason why man needs and responds to Love. To discover the answer to that question is to learn the most essential truth about God. That God drew us out His heart and designed for and by love. By understanding our basic need we can begin to understand God’s basic nature.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
Tomorrow we will look at another of the 5 descriptive names that God said Jesus would be known as. Until then …
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