Scripture Passage: Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Why is He called Everlasting Father? That is really perplexing for some who accept that Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor and a Mighty God. But how can He be called Father?
Jesus as our Everlasting Father means:
1. We have a Savior who is eternal.
When Jesus was born there was also a Christmas journey. We are told about it in the Gospel of Luke in particular. We are told about the journey of Joseph and Mary to the city of Bethlehem.
The Bible tells us that when Jesus Christ was born He made the journey all the way from heaven to this earth. It was a journey that carried Him out of eternity into time. It was a journey in which the Lord of All Creation took on the flesh of His creation. He didn’t cease being God, but He began to be human also.
We must understand when we see the pictures and movies of the Baby Jesus this time of year that He did not come into being in that manger. He existed before then. Jesus is the Great I AM.
2. We have a Savior who offers us access to eternity.
Not only is Jesus eternal, but because He came, we have access to eternity with Him.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Without Jesus there can be no eternal life for any of us. He paid for your eternal life on the cross. He originated your access. Jesus is the pioneer of salvation and eternal life for us.
Because Jesus came at Christmas, you and I have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him.
Things to Talk About
• What is your favorite Christmas memory of all time?
• What’s been the most meaningful Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
• How does knowing Jesus is our source and originator change how you relate to and worship Him?
• Have you decided to secure your eternity through Jesus Christ? If not, what has stopped you?
• Take some time by yourself and as a family to pray and thank your Eternal Father for His lavish love and sacrifice this Christmas season.