Unto us a child is born, a son has been given, and He shall be called… Everlasting Father… Christ has already won the victory, the crowning glory is all that awaits Him.
All things in Heaven and on Earth are drawing closer to the eventual culmination of His Joy, the joy that was set before Him by which He endured the cross. There will come a day when there will be a multitude of people from every tribe, tongue and nationality so huge, so many people, no one will be able to count them. It’s the day all of creation has been waiting for. It will happen, and like a mighty river, it can not be stopped. Father’s Day.
No one knows when this day will be. Could it be today or perhaps 10,000 years from now? I don’t claim to have the answer, and I don’t trust anyone who says they do. But we do know something of what it will be like and who will be involved in the celebration. In Hebrews that day is described in such a way as to explain the very meaning of our existence, (bringing new covenant understanding to the profound, if true Psalm 127: “unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain…” and “the fruit of the womb is His reward” and “blessed is the man whose quiver is full.”)
(Hebrews 2 NIV)
“What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor
and put everything under his feet.”
In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers;
in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”
“I will put my trust in him.” And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
The ultimate Father’s day will be the revealing of His children of glory, the finished work for which He labored, suffered, sacrificed, prayed, bled and died to accomplish on the cross! The adopted ones! Christ is now seated in the heavens, yet ever interceding to the Father for His children, looking toward the ultimate Father’s Day.
Imagine, in a single moment having something like the thrill of brotherhood in battle, the jubilation of victory in sports, the warmth of the sweetest friendship, the ecstasy of marital love, the swoon of new love, the tenderness of parental love at the same time, a million times more intense and in bodies prepared to endure such rapturous glory and pleasure without passing out. Eternity has just begun. He has prepared a place for us that we may be with Him in eternal glorious pleasure. On the day He makes up His treasured possession, and thereafter, His people will abide in a unity of passionate satisfying love forever in adoration, reflection and display of the glorious grace of God the Father and maker of all things! No wonder Paul wrote that our present suffering is not worth comparing to the glory to be revealed.
and this blessed hope is firmly established in eternity… it’s going to happen, period!
Can we see our Prince of Peace and Everlasting Father, and the joy set before Him?
Is this, the Joy of the Lord, our strength and our blessed hope as well?
He will stand in the midst of the assembly and declare “Here am I and the children you have given me.” He will not be ashamed to call us His brethren from every tribe, tongue and nationality. To be called His brothers? Are not His brothers those who are like Him, who now look forward to His appearing when He will be seen clearly and we will reflect His glory? Are not His brothers those who bear fruit that will last, and who will echo His heart on that day?
How many fathers today in Christendom could possibly be looking forward to that certain glorious day? Can we possibly be looking forward to a day when we can say “Here I am and the 1 or 2 children I wanted.” ? It doesn’t work. We may be looking forward to relief from our pressures. To a better day, in some mysterious way. But when actions are not aiming toward that day of His glory, our hope can not be in that Father’s Day at all. We are not looking forward to the day of His return, and we are not speeding His coming.
There is a number, that no man can count, that will fill heaven. There is a time when the fulness of the gentiles will come in. There is a way that we speed His return. Fill heaven. Bear fruit that will last 30, 60, 100 fold until heaven says “Enough!” This, the Joy of the Lord, the heavens filled with His children of glory, is to be our expectation, our hope and our eternal work in this life. If this is our heart, we have the Father’s heart, the heart of Christ, the Joy of the Lord. We will look forward with unveiled faces toward the day of His return, and we will speed that day. Father’s Day.
Judgement in the House of God
Judgement is upon western civilization, and has been for several generations. Until our hearts are humbled and turned by Him to desire His glory on that Ultimate Father’s Day, we don’t have to worry about judgement coming in our lives, on our homes, businesses, churches and nations. Instead we abide in His judgement. The judgement on our institutions is long upon us.
What About His Mercy?
It is by His mercy that He is chastising us to turn us back to Him. He is wooing us. He is correcting us. He is saving men’s souls. He makes us hungry and needy to look to Jesus once again.
Yet, His children are so important to our future in this life AND the life to come. It is a judgement of God that He would hand us over to reject our seed! (see Jeremiah 16) Is it not His mercy on all the other nations that the judgement has come upon western civilization?
Judgement begins at the house of God.
Remember, it is for Christ’s name sake that this judgement has taken place on Christendom. Entrusted with the gospel for the nations, Europe stewarded it poorly and used it as a tool of oppression. For this and in defense of His name and gospel, He brings judgement on this church and these nations. God can, has and will raise up children for Himself from ALL the continents. Yet, for His names sake, and to display His great mercy, He will restore a remnant of His European people throughout the world to a right heart before Him.
Perhaps the non-Europeans will intercede for us!
Please awaken us by your mercy and for your glory oh God! That our children also may rise up and praise you!
May you be glorified and take pleasure in us and may we, with the joy of the Lord in our hearts, look forward to Father’s Day!