“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Since this time of year has been set aside by the world to remember the birth of Jesus, I thought it would be good for us to take some time to consider Jesus, His person and His workings on our behalf. For the next few brief devotions we will take a look at Isaiah 9:6 and see what we can learn about Jesus. By God’s grace, this time in the Word will be a daily reminder for us to keep Jesus in the center of our holiday season.
For our devotion this morning, we will be looking at Isaiah 9:6 – “and his name shall be called… The everlasting Father”
TRUTH OF CHRIST EXPLAINED:
“And his name shall be called… The everlasting Father”, Christ is the eternal God. Last time, we saw that it was affirmed several times in the Scriptures that Jesus was Almighty God.
Please note: Although Jesus is not the first person of the Godhead, he is the same God as the first person of the Godhead. Therefore, He is said to be “the everlasting Father” in this passage.
This is just like when Jesus said “I and my Father are one”, He was not calling Himself the first person of the Godhead. He was simply affirming that He was the same God as the Father [Jehovah God].
Now, in this title for Jesus, we find that, as God, He is eternal in nature.
This means that our Lord existed in eternity past and was active in the creation of all things…
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:12-17)
This means that Jesus exists now and is at the right hand of the Father, ruling over all and making intercession for His people…
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1:20-23)
“Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34)
This also means that Christ will be with His people throughout eternity in the New Heavens and the New Earth…
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:10-11)
Christ’s possession of an eternal divine nature was clearly declared when He described Himself as the “I AM”, a name reserved for Jehovah God that declares His ever-existent nature…
“They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am [he]. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am [he], they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am [he]: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:” (John 18:5-8)
In the phrase “and his name shall be called… The everlasting Father” we can see that this same Jesus was, is and will be existent throughout eternity, securing our salvation.
As we prepare our minds and hearts to remember the birth of Christ, let’s keep in mind, we are preparing to celebrate the coming of the eternal God to secure the salvation of His people…
“What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:31-37)
We will return to our daily devotionals from Proverbs on December 26th.
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