25th July 2013

A Royal Birth 

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given: And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over his Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
Isaiah9. 6-7 ( NKJV)

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first born son, who will one day be King, if all goes well. The worldwide media interest has been amazing and the majority of people wish them and their baby every happiness and health. It would seem likely that the baby’s picture has been published in the papers of most countries around the world and that most people will be aware, or have heard, of the birth of this future King. 

He has been born into a privileged life, even if it comes with great responsibility, so will enjoy all the opportunities that wealth and rank can bring at the price of being a public figure world wide all his life. 

While we rejoice as Christians at this happy event we are also conscious of another royal birth.  Around 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born in humble surroundings, with no worldwide media attention, with ordinary, or perhaps extra ordinary, parents who held no special rank or prestige.  His life caused a stir in the area we know as Israel today, but in his lifetime he had a limited impact. 

He died the very painful death of a common criminal yet today, around 2000 years after his death, He is known and followed by a vast multitude of people.  Why? Because He was born fully God and fully human, to live and experience human life with all its trials and temptations yet He never sinned. At his death He was a sacrifice paying the penalty for all humanity’s sins. After death He was resurrected and returned to his Father, after spending 40 days on earth giving final teaching and instruction to his disciples. 

He was born to be the King of Kings and will return in power to fully claim his throne. Not over a country or a limited part of the earth, but over the entire universe, under only God the Father.  Of the increase of his Kingdom and peace there will be no end. Christ’s birth was truly a world shaking event, a royal birth like no other before or since. Once all humanity comes to appreciate that and the awesome future that lies ahead then all the media hoopla surrounding the birth of our new royal prince will be like a modest side show. 

So, while wishing the little prince all the best for his future, we must never forget to focus on the greatest ever royal birth and all that it means for the whole of humanity. Our hope is the return of Jesus Christ and whatever we imagine that future to be, it will be far, far better than anything we can dream of or speculate about. 

Loving Father, we rejoice at the safe birth of a healthy child to our royal family. But we also rejoice at the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We look forward to the day when all humanity understands and acknowledges that birth and all it means for our future.

Study by Keith Hartrick


 keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, and serves on the Church Council there.

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Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
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