Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace"
Wait, how can this be? How can the son who "will be given to us" be called "Eternal Father?" How is this possible? How can "Eternal Father" God also be, at the same time, the "child" who "will be born to us? The answer lays before us, in the two titles given between "Child" and "Eternal Father." I invite you to behold the miraculous unfolding of our God’s love for us in this way.
Our "Eternal Father" desired to be close to us, so close in fact that He would actually become our "Wonderful Counselor." So, Because He is "Mighty God," He decided to best come to us in the form of a gift, of a "child" who was "born to us," a "son" who has been "given to us." This was how God chose to close the gap between mankind and Himself.
This is how our "Eternal Father" decided to best become our "Wonderful Counselor;" through the power of "Mighty God" becoming a "child" Who has been "born to us" and "given to us." And This can only mean that the Father and the Son are one. This is the miracle of God’s love, revealed to us so we may know Him, closely, even within us. For just as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, declared, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30), He also prayed, for us, that this same state of oneness would exist between us and Him even as it presently lives with Father and Son, "that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me" (John 17:21).
It is clear from the word of our Lord here that, in order for this world to know that the Father and Son are one, we, God’s children, are the needed added ingredient in order for this to come to pass. Jesus Christ’s word and will is that we will be one as well, with each other by being one in our Lord, so "that the world will believe that You sent Me." Let us say yes to this. See how great a love our Father has for us, that He has come to us as the "son" so we may know Him and His wonderful counsel, by becoming one with Him even as Father and Son are one.
This is all for our own greatest sense of blessing, for Jesus went on in His prayer, saying, "the glory which You have given Me, I have given to them, that they may be one, just as we are one; I in them and you in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me" (John 17:22-23).
By yielding to God’s loving call for us to be one, even as Father and Son have expressed their love to us by being one, God’s glory is released and realized graciously within us so we may actually become the continuing present day fulfillment of this great prophecy from Isaiah, of our Eternal Father’s love for mankind that all would come to know Him, our "Mighty God" as their own "Wonderful Counselor." Hallelujah!
If you would like to delve deeper into the relationship between Christ and God the Father, our two message set "The Love of the Father" is definitely for you!