Name Above All Names: Everlasting Father

These weeks of Advent, we have been reading from the prophet Isaiah about God’s hope for us. Isaiah talks about the birth of a child who embodies and represents some remarkable qualities of God: wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace. In ancient Israel, Kings were usually seen as carrying divine power. In the church, this passage helps us shape our hope about what Christ brings to us and our weary world.

Jesus talks often about God as a father, which draws upon some important imagery and understanding of God that we see in the Hebrew Scriptures. In fact, Jesus refers to God using the term “abba”, best translated as “daddy.” This is an intimate term, one that gives us a sense of comfort and caring. This title invites a tender and close relationship with God. It makes me think of God as a loving parent who cares for us, who protects and watches over us. We envision God as a generously loving parent who is always available. We think of what children need in a parent: a relationship of trust, someone they can count and depend upon. From this image, for instance, we learn how we can rely upon God. We would remember there are feminine images of God as well. For instance, in Isaiah 49, God is likened to a compassionate, nursing mother and a womb out of which life comes. We can see God as our perfect parent, the one who not only cares for us but helps us to spiritually grow up into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. As “everlasting father,” God stretches over the span of generations as a faithful and reliable presence in our world. Jesus emphasized this when he said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28: 20). Sunday we worship as God’s children whose help is constant and whose caring is so faithful.

Senior Pastor Dave Summers
pastordave@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131

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