Advent 2015: Jesus as Everlasting Father

” . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

We don’t too quickly think of Jesus as “Everlasting Father,” do we? But there it is, right at the beginning of Isaiah, coming on the heels of, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given . . .”

Wait! Son? Father?

Charles Spurgeon, preacher from the 19th c., helped me understand a little better: “This is no contradiction . . . that he who is the Divine Trinity always called the Son, should nevertheless be correctly called ‘the everlasting Father.’ We must not suppose we will understand him at a glance. . . in his person itself there is a height and depth which human intellect fails to measure.”

But Spurgeon goes on (quite a bit!) to take apart that phrase and help folks like me to get a better grasp: “Christ is called ‘the everlasting Father’ because he does not himself, as a Father, die or vacate his office.  He is still the Federal Head and Father of his people; still the Founder of gospel truth and the Christian system . . . He is still the true Life-giver, from whose wounds and by whose death we are quickened; he reigns even now as the patriarchal King; he is still the loving family Head; and so, in every sense, he lives as a Father. . . He is everlastingly a Father to those who trust in him.”
Jesus gives us many names by which to know him better; Everlasting Father is one of those high and deep names that begs more than a glance.
~Danyale Tamminga
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