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)!