Jesus Is.. // Everlasting Father
[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NLT)
Limitless is His grace.
When I speed past by a police officer, I expect to be pulled over and given a ticket. I may hope that it won’t happen. But if it does, that would be justice. If the police officer chooses NOT to punish me..then he has shown me grace.
We have all broken the spiritual law with our sin. And God has shown us grace by putting our punishment on Jesus.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (Romans 8:15-17 NLT)
In our imperfection, God loved us.
Limitless in His compassion.
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. (Psalms 103:13-14 NLT)
There is a difference between a human reaction to fear and approaching God with fear. A reaction happens when we are scared. But going before God knowing He is all powerful and submitting ourselves to His will is fear. And it is not a reaction, it’s a preemptive thought and a posture of reverence and humility.
Limitless in His generosity.
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:9-11 NLT)
Bottom line: Jesus is MY Everlasting Father.
Quit comparing a limitless Heavenly Father to a limited earthly father.