Jesus: 'Everlasting Father'
In today's mini-series, Emma unpacks Jesus as the 'Everlasting Father.' It is incredible to reflect upon God's love as eternal, everlasting, and reflective of the Father.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Here, Isaiah is telling us that Jesus, the Son of God, is everlasting and loves us with the love of a perfect father. Jesus’ love for the children of God is perfect: it has never wavered and will never waver. He will never forget us or abandon us, ever.
As someone who struggles to remember where I’ve left my phone (recently this had disastrous consequences involving a washing machine - yes, really…), let alone other far more important things, this truth is mind blowing! Across all of history and all the people who have ever lived and will ever live, Jesus promises that he will love each and every one of his children with the love of a perfect father, forever. He declares that we are daughters of the King, truly loved, cherished and found in Him.
No matter how you feel 2015 has gone for you - whether it’s been one of the best years so far, a painful struggle or a mix of the two with highs and lows along the way - Jesus wants to lavish His love on you this Christmas time.
Regardless of what we have or haven’t done this year, Jesus’ arms are open wide ready for us to run into them, receive the forgiveness that He offers and step into our true identity as His child.
No situation is too messy for Him. Nothing is too big for him to handle. 1 Peter 2:9 gives me goosebumps. It says:
'But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.'
We are God’s SPECIAL POSSESSION! Nothing I have ever done, or will ever do, will make me worthy of being God’s special possession. However, because of His grace through Jesus, that is what we are: we are special, and we are His! God has given us SO much.
This truth is something that never ceases to amaze me: because of the perfect, eternal love Jesus has for us, sin no longer separate us from Him, and neither does doubt, guilt or fear. Jesus has overcome all these things, and because of Him, we are truly found and blessed with the greatest ever gift.
He has redeemed us, called us by name and set us apart. His love will endure forever, and is TRULY perfect.
Emma graduated from Cambridge 4 years ago, and now works in Finance. She said ‘I Do’ to the wonderful Luke last April and loves being part of Team Pendlebury! Emma's other passions include leading music at church, doing Pilates & eating salted caramel ice cream! She is so loving seeing God use More Precious to grow his kingdom.