E – Eternal —> How do you explain eternal? Forever? A really, long time? Never ending?
Forty-two generations separated Abraham from Jesus. For those waiting for the Messiah, it seemed like an eternity. Many wondered if the Promised One would ever come.
And then one day, an unexpected visitor appeared to a young girl from Nazareth. Leaving no room for doubt of who this baby boy would be, the angel said, “He will be called the Son of the Most High…and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end.” Who, but God, has no end?
John says Jesus is from the beginning. Isaiah said his name would be Eternal Father. And even Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” There is no denying that the Messiah was, or is, eternal. Forever, without end, the Alpha and Omega.
Eternity is hard for our minds to grasp. We get caught up in what we can see, in the here and now, and in our own experiences. We don’t want to believe that our lifespan is no more than a tiny dot on an everlasting timeline. Wouldn’t that make us insignificant? And yet, here is where the good news of an Eternal God brings comfort.
He has always been concerned with man. No life is insignificant. No person is too common, too ordinary to be valued by God. David put it beautifully when he said, “Who is man that you think of him?” An eternal God, a forever Messiah, always longing for a relationship with us. And eternally present with us.
As I look at my nativity scene, I’m mindful of an Eternal Father who loved me enough to come in flesh as a babe and of an Eternal King who is able and present to meet my every need.
Luke 1:26-38, Is. 9:6, I Tim. 1:17, Jn. 1:1-3, Jn. 8:58