The baby has been named George Alexander Louis
What a joyful day it was yesterday, as around the world the news spread of the birth of a baby boy, a future King, to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It lifted the spirits in the people of Britain and many other countries. Our prayers are with Kate, William and their baby and all the Royal Family. Our Queen Elizabeth has been a wonderful example of a reigning monarch. She made her vows at her coronation and she has kept them throughout her reign.
The Church of England has published a special prayer for the royal baby:
God our Creator, who knows each of us by name and loves us from all eternity: we give you thanks for new life and human love. Bless William and Catherine as they welcome their son into the world. Give them patience and wisdom to cherish and love him as he grows. Surround the family with the light of hope and the warmth of your love today and always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said in his message of congratulations: Today we give thanks and praise to Almighty God for the arrival of the Royal baby boy. I send my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also my prayers for them at this wonderful time. May the Risen Christ call him by name and be with him always. It is marvellous that we share in the joy and hope of a new born child, which is a great gift of our Loving Creator God. God be praised.
He has also published a special prayer for the baby boy:
Generous God, Thank you for endowing the human race with the gift of sharing in your work of creation. We thank you for the Royal baby. May your holy angels guard and protect him. Give to William and Kate joy and peace and fill their home with the love of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
As I was thinking about all the joy of the new royal baby’s birth, I thought about the joy of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the angels at the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. I thought about the wonder of all the people when news spread about His birth. I thought about Mary ‘pondering all these things in her heart’. She must have wondered how it could be, that He would be the Saviour of the world.
The birth of Jesus was prophesied many years before it happened, in the book of Isaiah Chapter 9 verses 6 & 7
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Luke Chapter 2 New International Version The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Kate and William will know that feeling of ‘pondering in their hearts’ as they think about the wonderful future they wish for their child. All parents know that feeling of hoping, wishing and praying that they will be good parents and that their child will have a happy and fulfilling life. It is thrilling, yet a little bit daunting to know you are responsible for caring for your child to the best of your ability. I believe every child is a gift from God and I believe He guides us in the best way, when we pray to Him and ask for wisdom in the many situations that occur when raising a child.
One day (we do not know when that will be), Jesus will return to earth. He was born on earth as a baby, He grew up, He taught about God the Father, He was cruelly crucified, even though He had done nothing wrong, died and was buried: BUT He rose from the dead, He is alive in Heaven now and when He comes back to earth He will reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew Chapter 24 New International Version (NIV)
29‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earthwill mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Revelation 17:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Philippians 2:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.
If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net