Unto Us A Child Is Born—Mighty God, Everlasting Father

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Main Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7

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Unto Us A Child Is Born—Mighty God, Everlasting Father

For Unto Us A Child Is Born - "Mighty God, Everlasting Father"
Isaiah 9:1-7
We recognise that everything in the Scripture is pointing to the Messiah, and yet in some way we look at Isaiah and find a fuller, more detailed prophecy of the Christ's life and ministry.
The same way a light was promised to the people who were once in darkness that we are also comforted by the fact that God can send light to our own darkness too.
Last week we talked about Christ being the "Wonderful Counselor". We now delve into the following other names of God that was to be born 700 years after:
1. Mighty God (see Deut. 10:17, Jer. 32:18, Isa. 10:21)
- the One that is above and beyond all things
- not just a "mighty and godlike man". This is not just a man that is being spoken of. There is nowhere in the Scripture that anyone else is described as Mighty God except God Himself.
- this is not novelty. In the New Testament Colossians 1, Paul speaks of Christ's preeminence.
- He has the authority to forgive sin, save, command obedience, judge the world, accomplish His promises. He gives rest to the weary and heavy-laden, builds up His church, sanctifies His people and presents them before the Father holy and flawless.
2. Everlasting Father
Everlasting
- a description for God
- Alpha and Omega
- One who was, and who is, and is to come
- an Everlasting Father who was going to be born as a child! How was it possible? (John 1:1-5)
Father
- Jesus is not God the Father but there are a number of metaphors that explain to us that Christ is a father to us.
- He is the head and representative of His family
- He provides, sustains us
- He trains us in righteousness
- He protects us from the devil and the consequences of our sins
- He leaves us an inheritance - eternal security and life
- Christ bore the responsibility in our behalf
Most earthly fathers recognise that there will come a time that they will be less and less responsible for their children, but Christ never has that in His mind for He is always our father.
The Hebrew phrase for Everlasting Father would be directly translated as "Father of Eternity". We can very easily read that as this child who was going to come is the Founder of all eternity.
How unfathomable this is! Words are not enough in expressing this so great a glory.
We can hold onto both - that He is and will always be our Father and that He is the Father of Eternity.
Will you trust and accept this fatherly love?