Jesus gives life to all men and quickens the souls of His people.
“His name will be called…Eternal Father” (Isa. 9:6).
Jesus is multifaceted. He is described in this verse as a child as well as a son. He possesses sufficiently dependable shoulders for the government of mankind to rest upon them. Your Jesus has set up His government in your heart. Your Savior is the Wonderful Counselor and the Mighty God, as well as the Prince of Peace. He is your Thanksgiving – your Christmas – your Resurrection, for Jesus is the all in all.
In order for you to begin to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of the God-man, you must repair to God’s Scriptures. God’s glory is hidden from the world in His Bible while being graciously revealed to the converted in that same Bible.
Christians are enabled (in some imperfect measure) to grasp the immensity of the Eternal Father when they have stood with Peter confessionally declaring, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16:16). Upon confessing the Lordship of Christ, you are aware of Jesus’ benediction: “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 16:17).
Jesus is Eternal: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Jn. 1:1; Heb. 13:8, respectively). Jesus Himself declares, “I am the Alpha and the Omega…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8).
God likens Jesus to “Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God… without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he abides a priest perpetually” (Heb. 7:1,3). Man fails to possess the timeless vocabulary necessary to capture the fullness of Jesus’ eternality. Nevertheless, you know that celestial matters do not lend themselves to full descriptions or all-embracing comprehension, because they are of an eternal nature while you are not.
In God’s grace, He has adapted Scripture to your finiteness. You must refuse reliance upon your five human senses in order to determine the eternality of Jesus’ fatherhood. Instead, you are challenged to rely upon faith in Christ as a surer revealer of Jesus’ attributes.
You see, Jesus is not only the child born in time. He is the progenitor of eternity itself and time is but a slender parcel. Eternity and that slice of eternity known as time are the children of the loins of Christ. He was not conceived by eternity for He came first, and there has been no moment when He was not (Col. 1:15ff.).
Jesus’ eternality is a graceful reassurance for you. You know that wherever you go and whatever happens to you, or around you, is not a surprise to Him. Your boulevard was first His; your Eternal Father has traveled your thoroughfare.
Paul says, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (I Ti. 1:17).
The eternal Jesus is also truly your Father. He is your Father while yet remaining your elder brother. It was the Jewish custom that in the absence of the father, the eldest brother exercised the office of father, taking his father’s position in the family. Though you are by nature a son of Adam, by super-nature you are a son of God. Your first father forfeited His residence in paradise while your last Father has secured the paradise lost for those He has found.
Be mindful that not all of mankind desires Jesus to be their Father. The Jews said to Him, “Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?” (Jn. 8:53). They preferred the fatherhood of Abraham, who died, to Jesus who lives forever.
Have you chosen the dead mortal father or the living Eternal Father? Jesus cannot die nor can He be removed from His eternal position as the Christian’s Father. Jesus says, “I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand” (Jn. 10:28).
Fathers sire life. Was it not the Holy One of Israel who fathered mankind? “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7).
Jesus fathers new creations for “if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (II Cor. 5:17). He authors life for “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (Heb. 12:2; I Jn. 5:12).
John reports seven occasions wherein Jesus declares His fatherhood:
- I am the bread of life (Jn. 6:35)
- I am the light of the world (Jn. 8:12)
- I am the door (Jn. 10:9)
- I am the good shepherd (Jn. 10:11)
- I am the resurrection and the life (Jn. 11:25)
- I am the way, and the truth, and the life (Jn. 14:6)
- I am the true vine (Jn. 15:1)
Jesus gives life to all men and quickens the souls of His people, for just as man has peopled this earth, Jesus peoples His heaven. Like Boaz’s tender care of Ruth, Jesus spreads His eternal fathering garment of grace over you. Jesus is the Eternal Father of all those who have been given to Him by our Father God.
In your Eternal Father there is no condemnation. Depression, doubt, demons nor death can separate the chosen child from the Father who loves His children with an everlasting love, and nurtures them in His lovingkindness.
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