THE EVERLASTING FATHER

Bible Reading:  Isaiah 9:6; John 14:1-11; Hebrews 12:7-11

“He is the Everlasting Father.” Literally He is timeless and He is God our Father. We are in a realm here where it is so difficult for our human mind to comprehend. Jesus Himself said, “I and the Father are one” [John 10:30]. He emphasized this again just before His death when He said that He was in His Father and His Father in Him [John 17:21]. When Philip asked Jesus to show him the Father, Jesus replied by saying, “He who has seen me has seen the Father” [John 14:9].

Does that mean that the trinity consisting of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is incorrect? No, Jesus and His Father are not the same person, but they are one in essence and in nature. We do not serve three Gods, as suggested by some religions, but one God. Our God is one.

Jesus is one in essence and nature with the Father means that He has the same heart as the Father. What is the Father-heart of God like? Many people have a warped and damaged understanding of father because their human father was not a good experience for them. God, the Father is gentle, releasing, firm, forgiving, and desires to be intimately involved with His children. Here are some of the words that speak of the kind of Father that God is – faithful, generous, affectionate, caring, accepting and communicative. When you look at Jesus you see the heart of the Father.

Perhaps one of the loveliest pictures of the father heart of God is the father in the parable of the lost son. He releases his son, even though it hurts him to see him go the way that he chooses to go. He is constantly watching for him to return. He does not condemn him for the mistakes he made. He gives him a beautiful robe to cover the marks of his sin. The father puts a ring on his son’s finger that says you belong to me, and because it is a signet ring there is authority attached to it. Then he puts shoes on his feet – sons, not servants, wore shoes. The father is saying, “You are my son!” Then he throws a party and even tries to bring the jealous elder brother to the celebration. That is what God the Father is like.

Questions:

Have you had a bad experience of an earthly father that has damaged your understanding of God as Father? Why not come in simplicity to Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you as Father! That revelation might totally change your relationship to Him.

What does Hebrews 12:7-11 tell you about God as Father and how He disciplines us for our good?