Sunday, December 16, 2018
Part 3: Jesus, Everlasting Father
As we finish up our shopping for that perfect Christmas gift, we can become skeptical on the authenticity of the gift we purchase. Especially when it comes to jewelry. Do we really know how authentic the piece really is? There is a bit of uncertainty we deal with.
Well, today, we’re going to look at a perfect gift that is the real deal. It’s authentic and will not wear out over time or lose its luster or decrease in value.
It’s the best gift of Christmas and it comes in the form of a little baby. His Name is Jesus. He’s the reason why we celebrate Christmas. That’s why we’ve been looking at His Names as found in Isa. 9:6. Turn there.
This little baby is our Messiah, our Savior, our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God and today, we discover that He is also our Everlasting Father.
Have you ever had a best friend growing up? Where is he/she now? Do you still stay in contact with each other? The truth is, most of our close friends through the years, drift away.
But I want to tell you about a true friend Who will never drift away.
Let’s go back to our series text in Isaiah 9:6-7 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
What does it mean to say that Jesus is our Everlasting Father? How is Jesus like a Father to us?
I. He Has a Permanent Relationship with Us.
Everlasting – perpetual, eternal, forever, without end.
Last week, we discovered that Jesus Christ is eternal, without beginning/end.
Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God..”
Today, we’re going to discover that His relationship with us is eternal as well.
This Messiah came to earth to establish an eternal, permanent relationship with us!
Illus. I remember some of the friendships I’ve had over the years. I had some great friends growing up. We would do everything together. Over the years, those friendships have drifted apart.
Some of them I’ve stayed in contact with. Others I haven’t seen in years. I miss those times, those friendships. I’m sure many of you can relate.
The great thing about Jesus, our Messiah, our Everlasting Father, is that He never outgrows us or loses interest in us. He never drifts apart or loses touch with us. He’s always there. He is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Because He’s our Everlasting Father, His relationship with us is permanent.
Scripture gives us three aspects of this permanent relationship He has with us.
A. His love toward us is everlasting.
Jesus will never stop loving us. He can never love us any more or less than He already does right now.
Isaiah 54:8 “with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you.”
B. His covenant with us is everlasting.
God has entered into a covenant relationship with us.
Illus. A marriage covenant, for example, says, “till death do us part”.
There’s no such clause in God’s covenant with us!
Ezekiel 37:26-27 “I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
C. His salvation for us is everlasting.
God came to earth to develop/establish a permanent relationship with us. That relationship could only be established once we had been delivered from sin. When Jesus saves us, He saves us forever.
Isaiah 45:17 “But Israel is saved by the Lord with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity.”
Isaiah 60:20 “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.”
John 6:47 “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”
If you’ve entered into that covenant with God by trusting completely in and giving your life to Jesus Christ, you can be assured that His covenant, His salvation, will never end.
Our Messiah, our Everlasting Father, has a permanent relationship with us.
II. He Has a Paternal Relationship with Us.
Isaiah says this child to be born would be called “Everlasting Father”.
Why does Isaiah refer to the Messiah as a Father? This sounds confusing to call Jesus Christ, “Father”. Up to this point, only God was referred to as Father.
Psalm 89:26 “You are my Father, my God, the rock my Savior.”
Isaiah 63:16 “You, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.”
And yet, Jesus Himself claims to be like the Father to us.
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
John 14:9 “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
Jesus Christ is like a Father to us. He does things that a Father would do.
What does a Father do? Better yet, what does our Everlasting Father do for us?
Let me give you four things.
A. Our Father gives life.
In a human sense, we were “created” by our parents. In a larger sense, we were created by our Heavenly Father.
Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
John 1:3 “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”
Jesus gave us not only physical life, but more importantly, spiritual life.
John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment but has passed from death to life.”
Our Everlasting Father, Jesus Christ, gives us everlasting life!
B. Our Father gives counsel.
How many times over the years have we asked our fathers for advice or wisdom? Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor who gives our wonderful fatherly counsel.
Luke 21:15 “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”
Ephesians 1:17 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,”
ILL: Mark Twain said, "When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to 21, I was astonished at how much the old man learned in 7 years."
Why do we go to our fathers? Because we trust them. We know that they have our best interests in mind.
More importantly, we can always go to our Everlasting Father, Jesus Christ, Who loves giving us advice and wisdom and counsel because He has our best interests in mind.
C. Our Father loves us.
John 15:9 “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love.”
Kids love to snuggle with their mom or dad. In their arms, they know they’re loved.
That’s the way we can look at Jesus as a Father. He loves us, even more than any earthly father could ever love us! He’ll always be there to put His nail-scarred hands around us and remind us of how much we are loved.
D. Our Father protects us.
When our kids are afraid, where’s the first place they run? To their dads.
When kids are in their parents’ arms, not only do they know they’re loved, they also know they’re safe and secure, no matter what is happening around them.
They know their father will protect them. Jesus does the same thing.
As Jesus prayed in John 17:11-12 “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”
2 THES. 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”
Jesus never lets His guard down, He never lets us down. He is always there for us to run to, to keep us safe, to protect us from evil. He will never allow us to slip away from Him.
John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Jesus is our Everlasting Father. He has a permanent and paternal relationship with us. Together, they make the third point…
III. We Can Have a Powerful Relationship with Him.
Jesus came to earth to be our Messiah, our Everlasting Father. He’s not only Everlasting, He’s also a true Father to us.
Some of us have lost your earthly fathers. Some may have strained relationships with your fathers. Whatever the reason, they’re no longer around for help or protection. You can’t run to them when life gets tough.
Run to Him
But we can still run to our Everlasting Father. Not only will He never leave us or forsake us, but He also loves us and protects us and gives us life. He is our Father, who will ALWAYS be there for advice, for protection, for love.
That’s powerful stuff! We can have that kind of relationship with God!
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
Think of that – God with us – forever and ever, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Businesses and corporations don’t last. Governments and kingdoms don’t last. Even people don’t last. No matter how much your parents love you, no matter how much your husband or wife cares for you, if you live long enough there will come a day when they will leave. They will abandon you - if not by choice, then by their death. Their lives will someday come to an end, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
But Jesus is different… All of the good things He is to us now, He will always be to us. He will always be our Provider and Protector and our Savior. He will always be our refuge, and our strength. His love for us will never cease, either in this world or the next. In him, we will have eternal joy and hope and glory and pleasure. In Christ, we will be eternally blessed and secure. Jesus will always keep his promises to us, even when other people can’t or won’t. He will always be our God.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could still go to our dads when the going got tough, when we needed to know we’re still loved, when we needed some advice or encouragement?
Guess what? We still can, because we have an Everlasting Father, who loves us forever.
Psalm 103:17 “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,”
How can we have or improve our relationship with our Father?
ILL: Many of you have seen the movie, “Finding Nemo”. It’s a powerful story of the love and determination of a caring father. It’s the story of being lost, and then found. It’s a story that can help us understand our Father in heaven and His love for us.
In the movie, Nemo’s father Marlin loved him very much. He watched over Nemo and protected him from every evil. Nemo and his dad were best friends. But one day Nemo disobeyed his father and swam beyond the reef. He was suddenly scooped up by a diver and taken away.
His disobedience caused him to be separated from his father and there was nothing he could do to get back on his own. He ended up in a fish tank in a dentist’s office. His situation seemed hopeless.
His father loved him so much that it didn’t matter how big the ocean was. He was determined to save Nemo and set out on an incredible adventure to seek and save his son. Eventually, word of His incredible journey reached little Nemo.
Nemo was so thrilled to learn of his father’s love and search for him, that he took an amazing step of faith. He jumped out of the fish tank, down a drain that led to the ocean.
It was an incredible ending when Nemo was saved at last and home with his loving father. SOURCE: "Finding Nemo." Directed by Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton. Disney Home Video, 2003. http://www.pixar.com/featurefilms/nemo/tale.html
That’s the story of our Everlasting Father and us.
Ask for His forgiveness
When we disobeyed Him, we became separated from Him, lost and helpless. But His love drove Him to the cross so He could rescue us permanently.
But here’s the catch – our reunion with Him is dependent on our willingness to return. He’s not everyone’s Father – only those who run to Him and cry out to Him and ask for forgiveness of our sins.
Abide in Him
Grow daily in your relationship with Him by trusting in Him, talking with Him, and being obedient to His will for your life.
When we truly abide in our Father, we will desire what He desires, and we will live our lives according to His words. This will be pleasing to Him.
What an awesome Savior! What a Wonderful Counselor! What a Mighty God! What an Everlasting Father!
The Bottom Line: Jesus Christ is our Everlasting Father.
As our Wonderful Counselor, we can seek Him.
As our Mighty God, we can rest in Him.
As our Everlasting Father, we can run to Him.
Would you run to Him today?