The recent royal birth of George Alexander Louis, born to Prince William and Kate Middleton, was quite an event in the news. While over two thousand years ago there was once a baby born to be king, his birth and identity contrasts greatly with the newly born George. Let’s consider the word “king” as we contrast baby Jesus with the newly born royal baby George.
K is for known. A year ago nobody knew of any baby that was to be born into the British royal family and nobody had certainly heard of any “George Alexander Louis.” This contrasts with the birth of Jesus. Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem to a virgin named Mary; the prophet Isaiah told us all about Jesus’ birth and His royal identity. The prophet said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6, English Standard Version). In fact all throughout the Old Testament, we see revelations of a child-prophet-king to be born, whether the revelation was to Abraham, to Moses, to David, to Solomon, or to a prophet such as Isaiah. Even Jesus Himself knew He’d not only be born but that he was in fact a king. We learn this when Jesus stood before the earthly ruler Pilate and said, “My kingdom is not of this world… You say that I am a king. For this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:36, 37, ESV).
I is for ignored. The news of the birth of baby George was a much publicized event; no matter where you looked there was news concerning it. The report of his birth spread quickly through Twitter and Facebook as well as print and television media all over the world. As we contrast that with the birth of Jesus Christ, the news concerning his birth was largely ignored. For while Jesus’ birth was much prophesied, he came with no fanfare and with only lowly shepherds there to greet him when he came into the world. Then king, King Herod, and those that knew where Israel’s long-awaited king was to be born, chose not to go the three miles to Bethlehem to check into the wise men’s inquiry about the newborn King of Israel. This reaction to Jesus is very similar to people today. Though Jesus is widely known for not his miracles and teachings, but for his death and resurrection that offers forgiveness and life to you and me, Jesus is mostly ignored. And while the new royal baby has been met with adoring and excited fans, Jesus “was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom me hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3, ESV). It’s ironic to think that Jesus, who offers so much, is sneered-at by so many, while merely human rulers of today, who are ultimately powerless when compared to Jesus, are adored by so many.
N is for never-ending. While George Alexander very well could be King of England someday, nothing is guaranteed and no matter how long his “reign” will last, it will without question come to an eventual end. This is very different than Jesus’ very real reign. Long before Jesus’ birth, the LORD God spoke to King David, and God told him that a descendent, who we know from Scripture, is the Lord Jesus, would one day reign and the length of his reign would last forever. David was told from the LORD, “When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever…And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 6:12-13, 16, ESV). The prophet Isaiah said, “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore (Isaiah 9:7, ESV). Likewise, the writer of the book of Hebrews writes that God says of Jesus, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” (Hebrews 1:8, ESV).
G is for God. Here we come to the main difference between Jesus and any mere mortal, even an earthly ruler. George could very well become an earthly king one day; Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Of Jesus and of Jesus alone it is said, “…kings shall shut their mouths because of him” (Isaiah 52:15, ESV). They will have nothing to say because Jesus is God and He is perfect in righteousness and judgment and He reigns over all. Isaiah again tells us plainly about the identity of the child to be born and the son given; for he continued “…and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). The apostle Paul says of Jesus, “He is the image of the invisible God…For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 15-17, ESV). And because Jesus humbled himself to be made in the likeness of a man and obediently went to the cross, the Bible says, “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11, ESV). So while King George might claim some power someday, he will ultimately be with the rest of us and all creation that will bow our knees and humbly confess that Jesus Christ is indeed Lord over all.