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As a Jamaican-born and British Commonwealth expatriate, I watched with the rest of the world the media frenzy over the birth of Will and Kate’s baby, George Alexander Louis, who became “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge,” third in line to the British throne.

During this royal hubbub, I thought of another royal birth, that of Jesus of Nazareth.

While Prince George’s birth was announced and anticipated less that a year ago, the coming of a divine king who would save his people from their sin was prophesied over 300 times throughout the Old Testament and over 1,000 years before Jesus was born. And there are at least 50 New Testament verses that show how Jesus’ birth and life fulfilled these Old Testament prophecies.

Yet, despite over 1,000 years of advanced announcements, very few people were aware of Jesus when he finally arrived. There was no royal palace, no resplendently clad and beaming parents of worldly importance, no colorful military honor guard, no booming 21-cannon-salute, and no worldwide media gathering to capture the moment of this future king’s arrival in Bethlehem.

There was only the sudden and frightening appearance of a choir of angels to announce his birth to a few shepherds who then left their flock of sheep and ran to find this newborn king in—of all places—a stable.

Apart from three wise foreign dignitaries, few people recognized the royalty of this child or suspected the impact that he would have on his country over the next thirty years or how his life, death, resurrection, and teachings would influence and change peoples and cultures over the next two thousand years and beyond.

Today, many people do not recognize Jesus as their lord and king, but the Bible proclaims:

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:19)

And the Bible ascribes the title of king not only to God, but to Jesus when he returns to set up his new Kingdom on a new earth:

“Glory and honor to God forever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God.” (1 Tim. 1:17)

“For at the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1 Tim. 6:15)

“Together they [an alliance of evil world powers] will wage war against the Lamb [Jesus], but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord over all lords and King over all kings, and his people are the called and chosen and faithful ones . . . On his robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev. 17:14; 19: 16)

If and when Prince George ascends the throne of England as king, he will also become the ceremonial head of the Church of England with the title, “Supreme Governor of the Church of England.”

It is my prayer that, far from being a ceremonial head, he will have a genuine faith in Jesus Christ and be numbered among the faithful ones of Christ’s people.


All the above Bible references are from the New Living Translation, 1996.

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