Nothing in this physical world lasts forever. Even scientists tell us that stars in the universe are dying. So it is comforting to know that Jesus is eternal, timeless, forever.
The scripture tells us that “His name shall be called Everlasting Father.” This doesn’t mean that He is the Father, but that He has the characteristics of God the Father. Hebrews 1:3 “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God…” Jesus himself said, He and the Father are One and that if we have seen him we have seen the Father.
This word “everlasting” means a perpetual existence. From ancient eternity past to forever eternity future. It means a continual existence. Jesus is “timeless.” As a man he lived for 33 years. But as God He has always existed and will always exist. There is no beginning and there will be no end.
Fatherlessness is a real problem in our world today. Children need their fathers as examples, security, protection, discipline and in many other ways. We also need a Spiritual Father to offer us the same.
Jesus came to reveal the Father. John and Jesus both state this truth. (Luke 10:22; John 1:18). When it came to creation, we know that Jesus, as part of the Godhead, created all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 2:10).
Jesus will always be there. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Unlike earthly fathers, because Jesus possesses the characteristics of our Heavenly Father, we are assured that He will always be there and we can call him “Everlasting Father” because he is eternal and timeless.
Did your father disappoint you and maybe even abandoned you? Take comfort in the fact that Jesus, possessing the character of the “Father God” is called “Everlasting Father,” because He will always be there for you.
— Keith Fife
Other posts in this series:
Podcast: His Name Shall Be Called… (Length 30 min.)