For to 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, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
By now, you’ve been through Black Friday and lived to tell about it. You’ve survived Cyber Monday. You’ve endured the rush to go, shop, buy, and save. Why are these events so crazy? Part of the reason for the frenzy is the brevity of time. We have to run hard and run fast because these deals expire soon. First come, first served. Limited quantities available. The offers are great, but they’re short. Like Cinderella, they all come crashing down at the sound of the clock striking twelve. These are promises with an expiration date.
In the verse we’ve read over the last couple of days, we see that the prophet Isaiah describes the coming Messiah as “Everlasting Father.” The coming king will protect and provide for His people like a loving father would. His love and oversight of them would not come with an expiration date. His provision and protection is not temporary or short-lived. Rather, it is for all eternity.
It seems inevitable that the minute something breaks we dig out the warranty papers only to find that the warranty expired last week. We call customer service with the hopes that they will come through for us. More often than not, they don’t. The warranty was for a limited time. Its protection was temporary. It had an expiration date and when our gadget or gizmo breaks, we’re on our own.
The author of the book of Hebrews reminds us, however, that Jesus is with us forever (Hebrews 13:5) and He “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus is unchanging. He is forever the same. And, if we belong to Him, He cares for us like a shepherd tends his sheep (Psalm 23:1-4). He holds us. He protects and provides as a loving father. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.
Further Reading: John 10