“For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father…” Isaiah 9:6
Another name that Isaiah attributes to Christ is that of Everlasting Father. This does not mean that Jesus and God the Father are the same person. They have the same nature and that one nature exists in three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This formulation is known as the doctrine of the Trinity.
So, if Jesus is not God the Father then why does Isaiah call Him the Everlasting Father? The first part of this name describes His nature. Jesus is eternal. He has no ending and no beginning. He has always existed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The birth of Jesus to the virgin Mary was not His beginning, it was His transition from heaven to earth. He has always existed. He is everlasting.
This name is also descriptive of His character. He is benevolent toward His followers, like a father is to his children. He cares for us, protects us, and provides for our needs. He walks with us through life, even the valleys. As the hymn says, “No one ever cared for me like Jesus!”
So this Christmas, rejoice in Jesus, our Everlasting Father. He is the eternal lover of our soul!