Summary: Part 3 of a Christmas Series based on Isa. 9:6.
Jesus, Everlasting Father
How many people have finished their shopping?
Did you hear about the guy who went out and bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas? His friend said, “I thought she wanted a new SUV?”
•“She did,” he replied. "But where am I gonna find a fake Jeep?”
Well, today, we’re going to look at a perfect gift that is the real deal.
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.
•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.
•His Name is Jesus, our Everlasting Father.
(Read together) Isa. 9:6 FOR TO US A CHILD IS BORN, TO US A SON IS GIVEN, AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ON HIS SHOULDERS. AND HE WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
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.
Ps. 90:2 BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BORN OR YOU BROUGHT FORTH 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.
What kind of relationship does this Everlasting Father have with us?
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.
ISA. 54:8 BUT WITH EVERLASTING KINDNESS I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON YOU,” SAYS THE LORD YOUR REDEEMER.
JER. 31:3 I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE.
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!
Ez. 37:26-27 I WILL MAKE A COVENANT OF PEACE WITH THEM; IT WILL BE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT. I WILL ESTABLISH THEM AND INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS, AND I WILL PUT MY SANCTUARY AMONG THEM FOREVER. 27MY DWELLING PLACE WILL BE WITH THEM; I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY WILL 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.
ISA. 45:17 BUT ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED BY THE LORD WITH AN EVERLASTING SALVATION; YOU WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME OR DISGRACED, TO AGES EVERLASTING.
ISA. 60:20 YOUR SUN WILL NEVER SET AGAIN, AND YOUR MOON WILL WANE NO MORE; THE LORD WILL BE YOUR EVERLASTING LIGHT, AND YOUR DAYS OF SORROW WILL END.
JN. 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.
His love, His covenant, and His salvation are everlasting.
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”.