Thursday, March 31, 2011

Your Everlasting Father

Dear Friends,

And His name will be called . . . Everlasting Father.  ~ Isaiah 9:6

Christ - the Everlasting Father!  This is what Jesus of Nazareth was talking about when He claimed deity.  In the unity of the Godhead, He claimed equality with the Father.  I had never thought of Christ as a “Father forever” until I read this verse!  I do not comprehend how the Son can be the Father, but neither do I need to.  The thought, however, brings me wondrous comfort.  I understand that Christ will do for His children in eternity what a perfect earthly father will do for his own as long as he lives.  The father image is used figuratively as both a protector and benefactor.

One of the problems we are wrestling with today is the breakup of the family structure.  We live in a “world without fathers.”  Many children lack a father who provides care, concern, and a protective nurturing relationship that draws an appreciative “Abba Father” -  “my own dear Daddy” - from them.  We need to preach biblical fatherhood, using the model of our Heavenly Father.

One day as I was speaking at a single parents’ gathering, three women, all in their thirties, came up to me.  All were alcoholics and one had a daughter who was involved with drugs.  All were in tears.  “Do you give hugs?” one asked wistfully.  I put my arms around her in response!  Then I sat down and told them about their Everlasting Father and assured them that “underneath (and all around) are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27)!

In Him,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor

1 comment:

  1. It's sure a mystery Jill. Jesus died on the cross for my sins. The Father had to turn away when Jesus became sin for us.
    I love to thank Jesus for dying on the cross for my sin. It's still hard when I hear people pray "Thank You Father for dying on the cross." And not saying Thank You Father for giving Your Son to die on the cross for my sins.
    1 Corinthians 13:11-13 "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." I'm glad that God is so much beyond what we could ever imagine...yet we can hold on to His Word's about Himself♥ A neighbor lady couldn't relate to men. And so couldn't relate to God. I told her some stepping stone verses to get her to God. God is a nursing Father. God has milk (of the Word). God is as a mother hen. She sure smiled. God's Word drew her to Himself, The masculine God of all comfort♥I remember when I was going through a deep trial & awoke as a baby, sweaty, satisfied & at peace. I knew God held me to His Breast. Such a reality miracle.

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