Ken Green - December 16, 2018

Everlasting Father

It might seem a little unusual to think of Jesus, the Sonof God, having the royal title “Everlasting Father” applied to Him—but that is precisely what the Lord does in Isaiah’s prophesy of the Messiah. The title speaks to the character of Christ’s reign. Like a father, Jesus would protect His people; like a father, Jesus would provide for His people. Although this king from heaven is mighty, He is also benevolent in His care. God’s people can take refuge in Christ’s reign, for not only is it absolute, but it will never come to an end. In this chaotic world, in what ways do you need Christ to reign in you today? How can you point others to see that there is so much more than the here-and-now by introducing them to Jesus’ everlasting reign, so that they, too, would experience His providence, protection, and grace?

Scripture References: Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 64:1-9, John 5:16-30

From Series: "It's All in Who You Know"

We’ve all heard the old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This season of Advent, we live with expectation as we await Jesus’ coming. That expectation finds its expression in our desire to know God more, to understand His heart, and more clearly see His purposes in sending Jesus as our Immanuel, “God with us.” This year we look at the Old Testament prophesy of Jesus’ coming, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6). Isaiah’s prophesy then continues with names assigned to this child, and through these names, we get to know Jesus all the more, and it is in knowing Him that our lives are transformed.

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