Isa.9:6 – For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
This passage opens the great mystery of the incarnation of Christ, His deity, and the beautiful work of the trinity in our lives. Isaiah refers to the Messiah as Eternal or Everlasting Father. This changes everything for us; we are no longer slaves but have now been adopted into the family of God. The Lord is our Father and we have become sons and daughters. Who qualifies for this amazing promise? John tells us plainly in the opening chapter of his gospel; Jn.1:12 – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”. This is the greatest news imaginable, the Lord is my Father and I have become His son. This is not just for this life we but have have been adopted by the Everlasting Father into this eternal family. Here is how Martin Luther describes this truth.
“Therefore learn what Everlasting Father means. It means that he takes the law and the servants’ yoke away from you, not just for a day or for an hour, but all the way up to the Last Day and into eternity. In other words, you will never be under the law, as Galatians 4 says. Christ says in John 3, “Whoever believes in me will not be judged,” and he says, “God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world”. If he does not judge, then the law has to be gone and servitude must be over. A Christian is not a Christian on the basis of the law, for Christ is called Everlasting Father.”
This explains why Jesus introduced His simple prayer to the disciples, “Our Father, Who art in heaven”. He did not say His Father but our Father. I am included in this heavenly family, I have become a child of God. This passage unveils the deepest of all mysteries, this infant born in a manger came so that I could enter His lineage. I was not a child of God but He purchased me and brought me into His family. This is the heart of the Christmas story, He is my Everlasting Father.