If you are plugged in to just about any sort of media, you have likely heard news reports about the looming birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby. The whole of the United Kingdom seem to be waiting with bated breath, if what is being written and said is to be believed. Certainly, to call this event “hyped” is not an exaggeration. Given that the monarchy in the U.K. is a symbolic figurehead rather than the seat of any real power today, such fascination and, in some corners, obsession is curious. But that it exists cannot be denied.
What a contrast this birth and so many like it in palaces and kingdoms all around the world throughout human history are to the events surrounding the One born in Bethlehem two millennia ago. With absolutely no fanfare, advance notice, or even slightest curiosity, Jesus Christ was born in obscurity and poverty. While prophesy foresaw that moment (Micah 5:2), not even those who ran the local inn in that tiny village recognized the magnitude of that coming moment (Luke 2:7). The Savior of the whole world made His entrance virtually without notice.
Certainly that is no criticism of the abundant fascination of many around the world at the birth of the British babe. But, no birth affected mankind like that unheralded moment in Israel 2,000 years ago. John introduces Him, saying, “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:9-11).
Thank God for His saving plan, executed with the wisdom only Deity could conceive. The nature of the birth of Christ shows the Divine emphasis of the spiritual over the material. Paul says it this way, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). He came by way of the manger that we may inherit the riches of heaven! That is news worthy of spreading every way we can.