It’s never occurred to me until I began this series quite how strange it feels for Jesus to be referred to as Everlasting Father.
And yet here in Isaiah’s messianic prophecy, we see that he speaks of the coming Messiah as Everlasting Father.
Isaiah is talking about Jesus as the Father of the nations, the King, whose rule over earth and heaven would be without end.
And after a year of swift change in the governmental powers over our world, it’s a huge comfort that the one who will rule forever is one who has walked in the shoes of the least.
In trusting Jesus, we aren’t entrusting power to a politician or a celebrity; but to the King who will reign forever.
His royalty is demonstrated in the gifts He is given by the Magi; the NIV tells us that they offered baby Jesus their treasures – but they also offered Him gifts that marked Him as a king. Gold, frankincense and myrrh were traditional gifts to bring before a monarch, but they also marked the path that Jesus would walk in His life and death; gold for a King, frankincense for a Priest, myrrh to prepare for his life-saving death.
It also tells us what kind of King Jesus is: He is not a tyrant like Herod, only interested in his own agenda and power, He is loving and cares for his people, he will provide for them and He will offer Himself again and again until He is emptied.