I was thinking about the new royal baby yesterday. It is certainly exciting news when any baby is born, and when a prince is born there's even more excitement. But all of the news articles got me thinking: He's just going to be a normal Human being.
Don't get me wrong, he is automatically famous and the world will be watching him, but compared to Jesus, God's son, he is nothing - just a depraved sinner like the rest of us. Nevertheless the world is celebrating, and that's not a bad thing. It is exciting.
What I was thinking on is that when God came to the world, when God's son became a man, no one cared. No one even made room in the inn to let Mary give birth to him in a cleaner environment. He was born in a stable and the only people who came to see were some shepherds and later some wise men.
The creator of the universe was born and no one really takes notice. A human prince who was "knit together" in his mother's womb by God is born and the world celebrates. Jesus came to save the world from our sins, he came to die in our place so that anyone who puts their faith in him, anyone who repents of their sin and believes in him will be forgiven. He rose gain to prove that he had truly dealt with our sin. Yet people now just shrug their shoulders and say they don't believe it. People rejected him at birth, and they will reject him until he returns again to judge.
Don't get me wrong. It is good to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge. It is exciting, it is worth celebrating and it will be interesting to see what God has in store for this young boy. But whatever it is, it will not be as grand or glorious as God's plan to save us through his one and only son.