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Advent // The Truest Father

Advent // The Truest Father

Names are important and they can reveal a lot about us. Even more so, the names given to Jesus reveal the embodiment of who He is. In Isaiah 9:6-7, when Isaiah says that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, we begin to get a greater glimpse of how Jesus is the perfection of everything we have ever wanted. Calling Jesus “the Everlasting Father” may seem odd, since the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is “called God’s Son.” Here the Son is called “the Father.” This doesn’t mean he has switched places with God the Father, rather that Jesus, in his relationship to us, would be like the father we are most in need of. Some of you have great dads or you had great dads, and your memories of him are fond and cherished. But many of you may not have had a great relationship with your dad, and some of the greatest pain in your life comes from the lack of relationship with him. There are Four Common Areas of Father-Woundedness: The Never-Satisfied Dad, The Time-Bomb Dad, The Emotionally Distant Dad, and the Absent Dad. But Jesus is the Everlasting Father whom you have always craved. Even if you had a good dad, at some point he disappoints you and fails you. That is why I love that word Isaiah adds, “Everlasting.” Jesus is the Everlasting Father. He never disappoints; never forsakes; never leaves; never dies. He is the Father your heart has always craved. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” -Psalm 103:8- Ethos is a life-giving community committed to keeping Jesus at its Center. Our vision is to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did so that we may love all people in Jesus' name. Small Groups: