Unless you’ve somehow lost connection to the rest of the world for the past 2 weeks you’ve heard the big news…a king has been born! Actually a future king has been born, but he’s royalty nonetheless. Monday, July 22 welcomed His Royal Highness George Alexander Louis the Prince of Cambridge into the world and boy were we impressed!
People from all over the world were camped outside the hospital waiting with bated breath for any breaking news on the birth of the soon-to-be third in line for the throne. Bets were placed on what the baby’s name would be (a reported $1.8 million!) And when the news finally broke that the royal baby had arrived the informational flood let loose! CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…everyone was reporting on the birth of the future king. Even this guy…
All this hoopla reminded me of the birth of another future King, but this King didn’t have nearly the same publicity surrounding His birth. This future King was born to a common family with no political power or authority in a little town in the middle of the desert. News vans weren’t camped out at the hospital—He wasn’t even born in a hospital. There weren’t Twitter updates. No one made any bets on what His name would be. There wasn’t a town crier to announce the birth. Yes, angels made the birth announcement and that’s pretty hard to top, but they appeared to a bunch of shepherds on a hillside. Almost seems like a wasted announcement. Unless you realize that a specific statement was being made here: this King was different than any other king.
This King didn’t concern Himself with His popularity. He hung out with the poor and the sick and the outcasts and the sinners. This King didn’t condemn people who wronged Him. He offered mercy, grace, and forgiveness. This King didn’t demand others serve Him. He made His whole life about serving others. This King didn’t take all the credit for Himself. He sent all praise on to his Heavenly Father. This King didn’t use force to usurp power. He gave up His life as a sacrifice for us all.
Isaiah 53 describes King Jesus this way…
2He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
That is not what I typically think of when I think of a “king”. But that is definitely the kind of King that I want to follow!