As young Prince George and Princess Charlotte have clearly demonstrated in the last few years, royal babies are big news. And more than big news, they come into the world with big titles. On the day they were born, both of those royal babies were entitled to be referred to as “your Royal Highness”. And with time, those titles only seem to multiply. George and Charlotte’s dad, Prince William, is now officially “His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen”.
It therefore shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that, centuries ago, when the prophet Isaiah peered down through the mists of time he would see, in God’s promised Saviour, someone who’d bear a royal nursery full of titles — titles that were both plentiful and awesome: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
As you and I are getting ready for Christmas this year, with all the different things that might mean for each of us, it may be that the most important thing for us to be thinking about — you might even say the most important part of our preparation — is to reflect on what it means that the One who owns those titles has come into the world – and what it could mean for Him to come into our lives.
Sunday by Sunday we’re going to be thinking about that over these next few weeks. We’d love to have you join us.