Some of us are cringing at that statement. No, I am not affirming Sabellianism or Oneness doctrine. I am simply emphasizing a Truth about Our Lord that cannot be emphasized enough. Jesus is Our Father.
Is. 9:6 –
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government will be upon his shoulder,
and his name will be called
“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (RSV-CE)
Isaiah 9:6 is understood by Christians to be fulfilled by Christ himself. Jesus is called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. These are titles that Jesus bears. Jesus is the Everlasting Father. Some try and distort this text to mean that this is just simply describing Jesus’s eternal characteristic as a Father or possessor of eternity and some distort this to mean that Jesus is the person of the Father.
The text means that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. A Father to all of us, his children, who will be our Father forever. We shall not be fatherless if we lean on Jesus because he is Our Father. But nevertheless, Jesus has a Father himself who he relates to.
This is also an important aspect of the Trinity. The Trinity is stumbled upon based on revelation and cannot be made known without the aid of divine reason. No human can understand the exact nature of the Trinity but the Trinity is a lived experience of relation. The Son can only be Son in relation to a Father and the Spirit is the Spirit only in relation to both. These are not mere titles or characteristic attributes of the Trinity but rather these are describing a relational God.
Hence why I have no problem declaring Jesus to be my Father at all because he is my Father. In relation to Jesus, he is my Father and a Father to me and to all his creations because Jesus is our creator. In relation to His Father who is also my Father because Jesus is also my brother (Rom. 8:29) we see the Triune God. And this is the mystery. For we experience God only at a relational level and God experiences God only at a relational level. The Trinity is not the Trinity unless it is relational and the Son relates to His Father in the Trinity. But this in no way denies the fatherhood of Jesus or asserts that Jesus is not our Father as well for to think otherwise would be to misunderstand the ways in which Christ relates to us.
My godmother was orphaned very young. Her mother died when she was an infant and her father died years later when she was 12. But through this tragedy, God led her to a very mysterious grace. Though her earthly parents were both gone, she was not truly an orphan. For Mary, the Mother of God, became a mother to her but Mary was always her Mother being the Mother of God and God became a Father to her via his Son. Of course, Jesus is also a Father to both my godmother and I but we also know that he is our brother.
Another profound mystery my godmother and I have been experiencing is the husbandship of Christ to us (2 Cor. 11:2). My godmother is a divorcee whose earthly husband left her but the reality is that her husband did not leave her at all. It was in the will of God that her earthly husband do this to her but this was to help her to further realize (along with me) that we are the bride of Christ and that the only husband we truly need is Jesus.
This lady’s earthly husband was called to be with Jesus. Her two sweet daughters have a daddy in heaven now. But her daughters are not without a father for Jesus is always a father to his creatures. He says especially of children, “let the children come! such belongs the kingdom of Heaven!” (Matt. 19:14). It is very important to understand that Jesus does not allow any one to be fatherless. Farthest from it! He has appointed their departed father I am certain as a guardian angel for both of them. Further, it is even more important to understand that widowhood is not something that those who lean on Christ will face either.
Rev. 18:7-8 –
As she glorified herself and lived luxuriously,
so give her a like measure of torment and grief.
Since in her heart she says,
“I rule as a queen;
I am no widow,
and I will never see grief”,
therefore her plagues will come in a single day—
pestilence and mourning and famine—
and she will be burned with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.’
The widowhood of this character in the book of Revelation is a punishment for her ascending above the will of God and for her wickedness. Widowhood is something that is a punishment for wickedness. But those who lean on Christ who lose their earthly husbands to death are not wicked. Which means they do not experience widowhood though sometimes the pain of their grief makes them conclude this. It is important to understand that Jesus is ultimately the one who we are wed to and will be wed to. He does not leave us widowed and as long as we cling to him, even if our entire family is taken from us by plagues and death (God forbid!) we will not experience widowhood of any sort for Jesus is our husband, our bridegroom.