December 16, 2011

Jesus, the Everlasting Father

Isaiah 9:1-7

To us a child is born, to us a son is given … And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6


Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, existed long before he was born on this earth. As God, he does not have a beginning; he is the source of all things.

Before the world existed, he lived in eternal glory and had perfect communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was the Word that was with God in the beginning (John

1:1-2). He was coequal, coeternal, and consubstantial with God.

He was not created; he is one with the Creator. “Through him all things were made,” and nothing that was made was made without him (John 1:3).

The universe was in God’s mind before the foundations of the earth were laid. The starry worlds were created by him. He measured the waters of the seas in the hollow of his hand and weighed the dust of the earth on his precision scale. He called by name each and every one of the stars in the heavens, and none of them is lacking in splendor. He brought into existence the things that did not exist and created everything from nothing, for his glory and our enjoyment.

As our provider and protector, the Son born to us is called Everlasting Father; he loves us and came to save us!

Lord and God, I extend to you all my praise and worship for the security I enjoy in the person of your Son, Jesus Christ, Savior and Everlasting Father. Through him I offer you all honor and glory. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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