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A royal birth reason to celebrate

Headlines around the world announced that William and Kate are expecting a baby!

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news, “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

The British Labor Party leader stated, “…A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.” William and Kate’s child has been described as the most eagerly awaited royal baby since William was born in 1982. According to USA Today, “The baby will almost certainly be born in London in a hospital, as William and Harry were.” The parents reportedly plan to raise their family at Kensington Palace.

This is big news in England and around the world, but it cannot compare in significance to the birth of a baby over 2000 years ago – a baby whose birth we celebrate every year. English Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge has written, “The coming of Jesus into the world is the most stupendous event in human history.” Jesus, the King of kings, left the splendor of heaven to come to earth and walk among us.

Bible scholars have noted that Jesus fulfilled 300 prophecies about His birth, life and death, and resurrection, written by different people over 700 years. For example, Isaiah foretold, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:4).

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it…forever” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Doctor Luke recorded that “…the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary” (Luke 1:26-27).

Gabriel announced to Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31 – 33).

The only “headlines” for Christ’s birth came from an angel to lowly shepherds, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11) Because Christ was born to die for our sins, we can become part of the family of God – if we accept His forgiveness. C.S. Lewis may have said it best, “At Bethlehem God became man to enable men to become sons of God.”

By: Jan White

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