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… Isaiah 9:6
There is nothing like the love of a good father towards his children. It is so sweet to watch the cycle of a father with his child through the years. Watching the first time he holds his newborn, then holds his child’s hand to keep them safe, holding his daughter’s arm as he walks her down the aisle to her groom, then one day to watch the circle completed as the child holds the father’s hand as they say their final good-byes. I was blessed to have a loving, Godly father and saying “good-bye for now” to him was hardest thing I’ve had to do so far in my life.
I read a wonderful commentary on Jesus as Everlasting Father by Pastor David Sunday on the Gospel Coalition website.
Jesus, your Everlasting Father, came down at Christmas into a broken and sinful world to fill our hearts with heaven’s love, and to teach us how to love one another. He came to make sons and daughters out of his enemies. This is the Father’s gift to us at Christmas.
How comforting it is to read, “His name shall be called . . . Everlasting Father” (Isa. 9:6). Once we become a child of Christ’s, we are his and he is ours forever. Forever. There will be no goodbyes with him. Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from his love. Not even death itself—indeed, it will only draw us nearer.
Earthly relationships can be challenging. There are times of trial in every relationship on earth but hopefully more times of joy than sorry. Christmas can sometimes heighten both the good and bad times of relationship with our families. On this day after Christmas you may be experiencing a range of emotions and a mixture of memories.
Take some time in the quiet of your heart to reflect, let go of any Christmas let-down and focus on the Everlasting Father who is here for you today and throughout eternity.