Our God is a Wonderful Counselor.
He is a Mighty God.
He is our Eternal Father.
Isaiah 9:6 (HCSB)
6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
JESUS IS OUR ETERNAL FATHER
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the “child born for us” and the “son given to us.” How can one who is born be eternal? And how can a son be our father? We can affirm that Jesus is our Eternal Father because of two important truths:
- Jesus is God. (see John 1:1, below) — God is eternal!
- Jesus has spiritual descendants. (see Isaiah 53:10) — Fathers have children!
Our Eternal Father give us our identity, He gives us His name. He prays for us. He cares for us. He provides for us. He disciplines us. He teaches us. He protects us. He loves us. He plans for our future.
THE WORD BECAME FLESH
In John 1:1-14, we read a beautiful story of our Eternal Father, the eternal Word of God (Jesus), becoming flesh and taking up residence among us. As you read these verses, notice these four words: light, life, grace, and truth.
John 1:1-14 (HCSB)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man named John who was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.
12 But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. 14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- The eternal Father, who is life, gives eternal life to all who believe in Him and receive Him; He welcomes us into His family (v12)
- God is light. There is no darkness in Him. He puts His light in us when we trust in Him.
- Jesus is full of grace and truth.
Take a moment to re-read John 1:1-14. How do these verses impact your life? What is your response to the Word becoming flesh, the eternal Word becoming the Son of God so that we could have a personal relationship with our Eternal Father?
If you’re not yet part of His family, believe in Him and receive Him.
Celebrate your eternal life. Live for eternity. Live with life!
Shine your light.
Show grace to others.
Live by the truth.
Invite others to join God’s family.