Christmas Countdown - Day 2

It's  Wednesday, December 23rd and there's 2 Days until Christmas. It's getting closer! Thanks for taking some of your valuable time to read and reflect for a few minutes today.

Yesterday I gave you my thoughts about Jesus being the Mighty God from this passage in the book if Isaiah.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end...

As we countdown the days until Christmas, I'm going to give a brief thought on each of these five descriptors of Jesus. So here we go with the fourth one.

Jesus is the EVERLASTING FATHER and that tells me that He's ETERNAL.

In the Hebrew language Everlasting Father are the words ad (everlasting) and av (father) the first part, ad, means perpetual, eternal, without end and the second part, av, means chief, principal and father.

My father went to heaven a few days after Christmas in 2018, it was a sad day and still today I think of him often and I do miss him. When I was very young I never really thought of his humanity in the sense that one day his life here would be over. I suppose I looked at him as though he'd live forever, it was as if he was indestructible. As we both got older I'd see the signs of aging, slowing down, time was catching up to him. In the last few years of his life I watched him get a little weaker physically but he was still passionate about the Lord, he'd have a lot of trouble breathing, it was obvious that he really wouldn't live forever. Then December 28th came and one second he was here and then the next he was gone. He wasn't going to be with us forever...but in reality he still lives in heaven, albeit without difficulty walking or breathing!

Through Jesus our God is described as the EVERLASTING FATHER, he always has been and always will be. I see something about God that I probably wasn't aware of when I was younger and that is that is my everlasting father and he will always be what a perfect father will be, he'll never stop being my father and he'll never stop loving me. My natural father cared for me, he protected me, he provided for me, he loved me no matter what and so on. My Heavenly Father does all that but he does it without end. He'll never die. In my heart I am so very grateful for my natural father and all that he was for me, I will never forget him. For me, he was a wonderful example of what my Heavenly Father has been and will always be for me. Whether you have had a great or terrible father here on earth I want you to understand that your Heavenly Father is so much greater than any early father could be. The Bible tells us that he loves us with and everlasting love and that's what comes to mind for me today, as a  perfect father God will be just that forever and ever.

Maybe you'd like to pause for a second right now and say thank you to God for being your EVERLASTING FATHER.

God bless you, I'll be back tomorrow with the next installment on the Christmas Countdown.
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