Everyday there are children born into this world. Those  births are very significant to the parents who anticipated the day and look  ahead to what that child might become. For some of those births there is more of  A STIR than others. Monday, July 22, 2013, there was a birth in England greatly  anticipated by both the media and by citizenry not only in England, but around  the world. There was wonder as to whether it would be a prince or a princess who  would be in the line of royalty. That wonder was even accompanied by bets being  wagered not only on the gender, but also the date of the birth, the name that  would be chosen, and many other things associated with this coming child.  Monday, the news was announced and greeted with cheers that a prince had been  born. Now THE STIR continues with guesses as to what this child will eventually  be named; a name I understand will have to be approved by the Queen.

Many years before what I would say was the most  significant birth in the history of man, God revealed through His prophet  Isaiah. . .

“(6) For TO US A CHILD IS BORN,  to us A SON IS GIVEN; and THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER, and HIS NAME shall be called WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE  OF PEACE. (7) 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. The  zeal of THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL DO THIS.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV)

Of this birth, many lived in great anticipation. (i.e.  Simeon at the temple, Luke 2:25-36) There was A STIR among shepherds as they  were told of the birth (Luke 2:8-20) and among some wise men who traveled from  the east to seek Him out. (Matthew 2:1-12). There was also A STIR within  government circles as Herod became alarmed at the thought of the rising of A KING. (Matthew 2:2-3 & 16) There continues to be A STIR within the hearts of  all who have come to know Jesus and the salvation He came to provide. Today, His  reign continues and we are blessed citizens of His eternal kingdom.

I in no way wish to minimize the beloved addition to the  family of Prince William and Duchess Kate. Perhaps we should keep them in prayer  for the challenges they might face raising a child in the often intrusive eyes  of the world. However, the birth of Jesus — God becoming flesh to live among us  (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-2 & 14) — remains a significant acknowledgment for  the world today, having implications for the present life and for the eternity  to come. Praise God for the Holy Monarchy under which we are presently blessed  to live. Because of Jesus, eternal hope can remain STIRRED UP in our heart. May  we continue to share the Good News so that the hearts of others may BE STIRRED.


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