The Birth that Changed the World

The headlines of our papers broke the news, “IT’S A BOY!” Will and Kate gave birth to a boy who now stands third in line for the throne. The fascination and interest in this birth circles the globe to differing degrees. Lots of questions still capture the interest of people in our nation, the first of which is, what are they going to name him?

With all of this news bombarding us everyday, I kept thinking of another birth centuries ago. It was the birth of Jesus in a stable or cave in Bethlehem. There was no media coverage other than an angel – then a choir of angels saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

The comparisons and contrasts of these two births are obvious. The wealth of one, the poverty of another. Jesus became poor so that we could become rich. The pomp of one and the humility of the other. The designer baby clothes and blankets vs. the swaddling clothes. Contrast the manger to the palace. A baby that will live his life with servants caring for him standing in contrast to a baby who came not to be served, but to serve and give his life a ransom for many. A baby awaiting a name vs. a baby who was named centuries before he was born. He shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Emmanuel-God with us. He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

If this baby, third in line, ever reigns, his reign will be figurative. But, Jesus is the first in line to reign on the throne of his father David. His reign begins in the hearts of people, but one day his reign will be expansive and will last forever. No king can bring true peace like King Jesus. When Jesus reigns, whether in our hearts or in the world, everything changes.

One day the marriage of this young boy will bring worldwide attention, but that will be nothing in comparison to Jesus the bridegroom when he presents his bride glorious and without spot or wrinkle. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be unprecedented.

May the continued news out of England remind us of a bigger, better story of love, sacrifice and salvation in Jesus.

3 Responses to The Birth that Changed the World
  1. Robert Wegner

    Great reminder of the condescension of God. Every time I see a newsfeed on the new prince, I will recall the birth of my King!

  2. John Coombs

    Thanks Pastor Doug…for taking the time to say what I have been thinking to myself since this whole media blitz began.

  3. Lonnie York

    Thank you paster doug. You don’t no me but I have been coming to your church even when it was troy baptist. When I here u speak of jesus I’m hypnotized. I shake your hand at church and want to talk with you but a big lump comes in my throat. Thank you for such good sermons on saturdays. I was saved december 2011 @ your church with the help of a fellow named mike. Thats all I no.his email is that’s all I no. God bless allof u at woodside bible church. Lonnie York