It's been a great year for royal watchers, what with the excitement leading up to and following the birth of Prince George, the son of Duchess Kate and Prince William, and heir to the British throne. We were treated to all sorts of speculation and endless pictures of Kate's growing "baby bump," and then, following the birth, all sorts of pictures of the new little prince, along with descriptions both catty and kind about how well Kate was springing back from her first pregnancy. No doubt this ongoing obsession with this child will continue, especially given that little Prince George is destined to become the King of England. For all the world, the message is clear; this is one important baby.
It is, of course, a coincidence that the news of Kate's pregnancy was announced on the second day of Advent this past December. But isn't it interesting how much interest in this pregnancy was elicited at the same time when we Christians were being invited to ponder the significance of another royal pregnancy and birth—the pregnancy of Mary, resulting in the birth of Jesus.
The strange thing is that even if Mary was pregnant with Jesus in the 21st century, no one would be paying any attention to her. The paparazzi would not be following her every move. Such were the unremarkable and humble circumstances of Jesus' birth. But we know in retrospect the fact that Mary's child was, indeed, the King of Kings. The importance of his birth makes the birth of the future king of England pale by comparison. Kings and queens have their place, of course, and there isn't anything wrong with royal watcher's being excited about the birth of Prince George. But if his situation bears careful watching, what does that say for the one who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
I want to invite you to come together with others in your church family each Sunday over this Christmas season, as we do some royal watching of our own—pondering, anticipating, and celebrating the birth of the baby who, though born in obscurity, grew up to be the most important person to ever life, and the King of all.
In Christmas joy,
P.S. Why not give yourself and your loved ones the gift of worship this season by joining us for worship each Sunday at 10:30, and at one of our Christmas Eve services at 7:00 (candles and carols), or 11:00 (communion service). Thank you!