The prophet Isaiah wrote that the name of Messiah would be, among others, “Eternal Father.” Did he say Messiah would be “Father”? Yes, he did.
Messiah had no children on earth. Jesus never married. He gave His life completely to God and God’s ministry to the poor and weak. Messiah healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, made the deaf to hear, and the lame to walk. He fed the hungry and comforted the downcast. There was no time for Him to be a father on earth.
Not only was there a shortage of time – given the work He had to do, that work would lead to His rejection, condemnation, beating, and death. Even if He had found time to get married and have a family, He would have left a widow and orphans in short order.
For these reasons it was never intended that Messiah should be a father on earth. However, once He was raised to heaven, the honor of fatherhood drew closer. When Jesus Christ came again (that is, when the Second Coming occurred) He became the Father to us all. From that time on, Isaiah’s prophecy of the “Eternal Father” has been fulfilled.
Jesus will be our Father forever. This is why He is called Eternal Father.
For more on this one God, see:
Bible notes on this post.
See also the post Call on His Name, which includes a listing of other names of the Lord.
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