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Eternal Father

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Once more we gaze upon the little baby being swaddled in Bethlehem, no room for him at the inn. After an exhausting journey, Mary gives birth and now holds him in her arms, cuddling him close because of the coldness in the night air.

Little does she know she is holding her “Eternal Father” as Isaiah prophesied 700 years before (Isaiah 9:6). Mary was literally holding her father in her arms.

Now if we were to travel back in time and ask if this was the understanding of the Patriarchs of Israel, here are some of the reactions we might expect to hear:

AdamRoving Reporter: Hey you in the Loin Cloth, who was God to you?

Adam: God is Elohim, my creator. He is the one who breathed life into me. He is the one who put me to sleep to make woman from one of my ribs. He is the one whom I walked with in the cool of the evening. He is the one whom I failed, and was cast out of paradise.

NoahRoving Reporter: Sir, with the hammer, do you know God?

Noah: Sure I do. He’s Elohim, the one I walk with.

Roving Reporter: Do You See Him?

Noah: No, but he talks with me. In fact He told me to build this Ark.

Roving: Would you call Him your Father.

Noah: I don’t think so. He’s my God!

Roving Reporter: You sir, walking with your son, do you know God?

AbrahamAbraham: Why yes I do. He is my Adonai Jehovah, My Lord God. I do as He commands. In fact, I’m taking my son up to yonder mount to sacrifice Him to My Lord.

Roving Reporter: Then you don’t see Him as your father, do you?

Abraham: No, but I do see Him as my friend. In fact, I know He can bring my son back to life. He is the Lord God.

Roving Reporter: You sir, looks like you’ve been wrestling all night, do you know God?

Jacob at PenuelJacob: Of course I do. He is El Shaddai, God all-sufficient. All my life I depended upon my own skill and deception to get what I wanted. Finally I just wrestled with God here at Penuel, and I have prevailed, but not before He touched my strength, and crippled me. He will be the one I depend upon from here on. He is my El Shaddai!

Roving Reporter: Is He your Father?

Jacob: Hardly, but He is God, my All-Sufficient God.

Roving Reporter: You there, with the long stick, is God your Father?Moses

Moses: God is the I AM THAT I AM. He is Jehovah Elohim, God of my father Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I have seen His glory, and I would never think to call Him something as intimate as Father.

Roving Reporter: (Now approaching the mother of Jesus) Young lady, do you know how special your baby is?

Mary and JesusMary: Yes, He is Immanuel, my Savior. He is the Son of God.

Roving Reporter: Did you know that Isaiah prophesied that His name would be called “Ad Avi” Eternal Father?

Mary: How could this be? He is my child. God is His Father. The Holy Spirit came upon me.

Roving Reporter: Listen Mary, one day you will hear your Son say: “I and the Father are one”. In fact one of His disciples will ask Jesus to show them the Father, and Jesus will say:

John 14:9  “He who has seen me has seen the Father. He will say “I am in the Father and the Father is in me!

I and the Father are OneMost of us are like Mary, surprised enough to realize that Jesus is the Son of God, but unable to fathom the truth that Jesus is also our Eternal Father. Most religions deny this title for Jesus because it would make Him equal with God.

But the truth is that Jesus is our Eternal Father. He is the Father to the Fatherless. He is the one that we come to for Salvation. He is the one we come to when we want to see God!

John 14:6 “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me!

This little baby did so much for mankind. In the Old Testament, the people feared to come close to God. The only way they could come to God was by approaching a physical place, a place so terrible that if they even touched the mountain, they would be stoned. Moses himself was frightened at the glimpse of God.  We have not come to a MountainAs we are reminded in Hebrews 12:

Hebrews 12: 18 You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. 19 For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. 20 They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.”

But because of Jesus, we can approach God without fear. In fact, we come with confidence, and join a JOYFUL GATHERING! We see an assembly of God’s firstborn children, we come to God Himself, we come to the spirits of the righteous who are already in heaven, we come to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant that makes this all possible. Jesus Christ is the reason we can approach a loving God.

Hebrews 12: 22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

Compassionate JesusThrough Jesus Christ, we now see a loving face on our Eternal Father. We have a Mediator. We have an Intercessor, We have a Comforter. We have an Eternal Father who loves us and desires a relationship with us. We have the power to become children of God. Jesus Christ in that sense is our Eternal Father. Through His atoning death on the cross, that veil has been torn in two and we can come boldly before the throne of Grace. We can conclude that is the meaning of the title “Eternal Father”. Jesus is simply the representative of our “Eternal Father”. In fact, in the face of Jesus we indeed see our “Eternal Father”.

Jesus is the Compassionate Face of our Eternal Father.


Matthew 23:37 (NKJV) 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

  • Jesus is the Great Physician healing those who are sick and dying of sin.
  • Jesus is the Great Shepherd seeking His Lost sheep.
  • Jesus is the Great Fisherman, fishing for the Lost souls of men.
  • Jesus is the Great Sea Diver, seeking the Pearl of Great Price
  • Jesus is the Great Banker, seeking for every lost coin.
  • Jesus is the Great Comforter, comforting all those who are in distress and despair with the Hope of Abundant Life everlasting.
  • Jesus is the Great Emancipator, freeing all those from the Prison of Sin and Death.
  • Jesus is the Great Savior, seeking all who are lost in sin.
  • Jesus is the very face of Compassion.

Through Jesus we Know we have a Compassionate Eternal Father.

Jesus is Committed faceJesus is the Committed Face of our Eternal Father

In the face of Jesus we see our Eternal Father willing to sacrifice all for our salvation.

Matthew 18:14 (NKJV) Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

God knew from the beginning of time that man would sin and fall under the condemnation of sin. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. God did not want any to perish.

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

God provided the perfect sin offering to redeem all of mankind.

Jeremiah praises the Everlasting Father for His faithfulness when he says:

“Because of the LORD’S faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord.” Lamentations 3:22-26

Jesus shared the commitment of His Father. He knew that He was born a man to die for men. Jesus was determined to go to the cross. He was no coward. He knew before God even made the earth that He would dies as the Lamb Slain!

Jesus is Coming Face of Eternal FatherJesus is the Coming Face of our Eternal Father

The Apostle John knew Jesus Christ as well as any disciple. In fact, he called himself the ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’. John had seen Jesus walk on water, heal the blind, raise the dead. John had seen Jesus transfigured in His heavenly glory.  John knew Jesus as the Son of God. As he wrote in 1 John:

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1-3 NLT)

John Sees JesusKnowing Jesus as he did, John still did not realize an amazing truth. Jesus Christ is our “Eternal Father”. He is not a representative of God our Father. Jesus is God our Eternal Father. When John was on the isle of Patmos, he was caught up to heaven in the spirit. He heard a voice saying in Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” John turns to  the voice and sees the Son of Man as John had never seen Him before. In fact, the vision of Jesus causes John to faint as if he were dead. Jesus declares: “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

There can be no other conclusion but that Jesus was declaring that He was and is and always will be Almighty God. John fell at the feet of Jesus when he discovered that Jesus was actually God! Jesus was revealed to be our actual “Eternal Father”.

Jesus as the mediator of the new covenant fathered every born again believer. Jesus Christ could indeed declare “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me” because He indeed is our “Eternal Father”!

  • There is no worship of God without worshipping Jesus Christ.
  • There is no praying to God without praying to Jesus Christ.
  • All religions do not lead to the same God.
  • Only your personal relationship with Jesus Christ will lead you to our Eternal Father, Almighty God! Jesus and the Father are ONE!

One day our Eternal Father will return to gather His bride. When we are caught in the air, we will behold Him just as He is, our Eternal Father.

When He returns to set up His Kingdom, He will judge the peoples of the earth as God, for He is God!

Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming soon! We shall behold Him just as He is, our Eternal Father!

“We Shall Behold Him

Face to Face in all of His Glory

We shall behold Him, We shall behold Him

Face to Face our Savior and Lord

We shall behold Him as our Eternal Father!”


Micaiah before Ahab & Jehoshaphat

Micaiah before Ahab & Jehoshaphat

God is doing a mighty work in the thing which most matters to Americans, our money. He is trampling upon the god which matters most to us.

I love the simple honesty of God’s Word. During a troublesome time in Israel, King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah united themselves to try to defeat a common enemy. Ahab wanted to battle the enemy immediately, but Jehoshaphat said “first, please ask what the Lord’s will is.” So Ahab assembled 400 of his favorite prophets and they all said “March on the enemy and you will win”. Jehoshaphat wasn’t convinced; he wanted a prophet who spoke for Jehovah God, not the false god’s that Ahab worshiped. He asked, Isn’t there a prophet of Yahweh here anymore? Let’s ask him.” Ahab replied “There is still one man who can ask the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah” (I Kings 22).

Ahab was a man of obsessions, all of them contrary to the Truth of God’s Word. He despised the voice of God’s Prophet, for it was contrary to his obsessions.

Ahab was a man of Obsessions

Ahab was a man of Obsessions


Obsession is a vice Americans know all too well. For the last few years Americans have been obsessed with wealth and possessions. Times were good, no, GREAT, and those with greater obsessions were rewarded for their greed. Obsession is a horrible lie. Obsessions deceive our heart into believing lies. Obsessions move our hearts beyond the reach of conscience. Any light that may be in our hearts is turned to darkness. Obsessions cause us to shut out the truth. Obsessions lead us to chose darkness rather than light. “Anyone who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed” (John 3:20). In our choice of darkness, God sends greater darkness so that we should believe even greater lies. (cf. 2 Thess. 2:11). All this because we love darkness rather than light, because we disregard, even despise the truth. As King Ahab said, “I hate him”.

The truth of what is going on in the Ivory Towers of American finance and economics, is that men who gave themselves over to obsessions got caught believing several lies. Most Americans too, have been snared by our obsessions, and have come to believe in the lies as well. God’s throne is at work. He wants us to see that we have been walking in the darkness of obsessions that leave Him out of our lives.

come-to-the-lightHow will we be delivered? By one thing only: light! “Anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light” (John 3:21). God is doing a mighty work in the thing which most matters to Americans, our money. He is trampling upon the god which matters most to us. God is revealing the lie behind our obsession. The lie is that wealth is all we need. The truth is there can be no other god but Jehovah God. God is desiring that we come to His Light. We must come to the realization that we have allowed our obsessions to take us away from the truth of God’s Word. We can continue to turn away from God and His light, because we hate him, or we can humble ourselves and come to His light. Only when we seek the light will we see the dangers in our path.

Light reveals the hidden dangers

Light reveals the hidden dangers

I believe the days ahead are a great opportunity for a harvest of true believers in Jesus Christ. When we wake up and realize we are in darkness, then we can see the Light of God’s Son. Jesus Christ is the Great Banker. He knows how to find every lost coin. Even when they lie in the belly of a fish. We need to seek His Light!