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Series: My Christmas Playlist
This Week: So This Is Christmas
WEDNESDAY— He is Our Everlasting Father
Big Point: Our Everlasting Father will never leave us, always forgive us and has an eternal place for us.
Jesus, the Everlasting Father, Gives us life, Provides for us, Cares about us, Forever.
Nineteenth century minister Charles Spurgeon writes: “How complex is the person of our Lord Jesus Christ! Almost in the same breath the prophet calls him a “child,” a “counselor,” a “son,” and “the everlasting Father.” This is no contradiction, and to us scarcely a paradox, but it is a mighty marvel that he who was an infant should at the same time be infinite. He who was the Man of Sorrows should also be God over all, blessed forever; and that he who is in the Divine Trinity always called the Son, should nevertheless be correctly called “the everlasting Father.” (Metropolitan Pulpit Vol. 12 p. 838)
Everlasting Father in Hebrew signifies just what it does in English: a father forever. Jesus is not just in the past tense. He is the everlasting Father. He will never abandon us and he loves us like only a Father can. Adapted from “Everlasting Father” by Bruce Goettsche.
READ…What does the Bible say?
Hebrews 13:5 (New Living Translation)
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
John 14:1-3 (New Living Translation)
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
Luke 15:20 (New Living Translation)
…And while he was still a long way off…filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
THINK…Find the answers
What promise does God give us in Hebrews 13:5? What does He say we are supposed to be satisfied with?
According John 14:1, how are we supposed to divert our hearts from being troubled?
What are we told in John 14:3 that Jesus will do when everything is ready?
No matter what we do, Luke 15:20 implies that Jesus will always approach in that way?
LIVE…What will you do now?
God said He will never abandon you. He shows us that He will always meet our needs as an everlasting Father. List the ways God has recently provided for you:
Some of us struggle with the term “father” in our personal lives because of the way our earthly father treated us. List the needs you wanted from your earthly father that you never received (know that these are the very needs our Heavenly father can fulfill…ask God for His help and fatherly love today):
During the Christmas season, it is easy to get caught up in the stories about Jesus in the past. But because of what happened in Bethlehem, on Calvary, and at the tomb, we now get to experience a relationship with God in the present. What’s stopping you from having a relationship with Him right now?
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
It is important to remember that God is the Everlasting Father only to those who are part of His family in Christ. If you are one of His children, close your eyes and imagine Him wrapping His fatherly arms around you, and thank Jesus for being a father forever. If you are ready to become a part of that family today, pray and confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Nehemiah 5-9
5:1-13 Enemy opposition and difficult times in general had precipitated economic conditions which had a devastating effect on Judah’s fragile life. The effect of this extortion on the morale of the returnees was worse than the enemy opposition.
5:14-16 Nehemiah was a politician without greed. Nehemiah faced a daunting task many leaders of developing countries face today. The land was devastated, with all wealth concentrated in the hands of a few powerful families. Jews were mortgaging their property and even selling their children into slavery in order to raise money to pay taxes. Nehemiah could have profited from his political position. Instead, he set a sterling example of generosity and self-sacrifice that made a profound impression on his oppressed countrymen.
6:5-9 After fending off ridicule and threats of violence from his enemies, Nehemiah suddenly faced a new scare tactic. Opponents were trying to intimidate Nehemiah by openly spreading rumors. Nehemiah was not intimidated.
8:10-12 “the joy of the Lord is your strength…” The event called for a holy day of worship to prepare them for the hard days ahead, so they were encouraged to rejoice. The words they had heard reminded them that God punishes sin, but also that God blesses obedience, which was reason to celebrate.
9:3 “they stood…read…confessed and worshiped…” The succession of events helped to reestablish the essential commitment of Israel to God and His law.
9:21 “they lacked nothing…” Even during a long season of chastisement, God miraculously cared for their every need.