The Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

A few years ago Swedish authorities declined a name request by Sara Leisten to name her newborn son after a superhero. The officials were following legislative veto power over names. They nixed Staalman (Superman) citing its potential to attract ridicule later in life.

The decision prompted complaints of inconsistency in applying the law. Previously, names such as Batman, Tarzan, and Bebben (after a soccer star) had been permitted. Other names refused were Bajen (a soccer team) and Asterix.

The boy’s parents wanted this name for their son because he was born with one arm pointing skyward, posed in the way Superman flies. Leisten planned to re-apply, this time with the name Staalmannen (The Superman). However, one thing is abundantly clear, little Superman would have a name he can never live up to.

What about Jesus? Isaiah wrote 700 years before his birth, “He shall be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.” Can any human being live up to such titles? Only one in the history of the world ever would, Jesus Christ.

This Sunday we will look at the 3rd and 4th titles given to Jesus everlasting father, prince of peace.

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