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