Welcome the Royal Baby

The Royal Baby now has a name: Archie. Rumor has it that if Archie has a little brother, they’re going to name it Jughead, but that might just be a rumor.

Why do Americans, who are almost biologically against monarchy, take so much interest in the doings of the British royal family? I don’t understand it, yet I did watch both seasons of The Crown and then a couple of documentaries about the Windsors of the early 20th century. It’s like watching Honey Booboo with a lot nicer clothes. But I digress.

I’ve spent considerable time recently considering the seven kingdom parables in Matthew 13. Those parables shed some light on precisely what the kingdom of God constitutes, but they’re not the whole story. In fact, if we read Matthew as a chronological account, then we might find the encounter between Jesus and his naysayers in Matthew 12 as the impetus for those parables.

When the Pharisees couldn’t deny the miracles that Jesus was performing, specifically casting out demons, they assumed that He did this work by Satanic power. Jesus didn’t even wait for them to speak:

Knowing their thoughts, he told them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason they will be your judges. If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.–Matthew 12:25-28

I want to draw attention to the end of that passage. In the first part, Jesus argues that it makes no sense for Satan to power an anti-demon action. Having established that, He seeks to make a more significant point. “If I [Jesus] drive out demons by the Spirit of God” (which He apparently had), “then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

There’s that kingdom of God again. What had changed to lead to this conclusion? There were demon-possessed people before Jesus. There were Pharisees before Jesus. In fact, pretty much everything was the same as it had been except that Jesus was there and demonstrating the power that attended Him.

You can’t have a kingdom without a king, and by demonstrating His power, Jesus was demonstrating that He is the king of the kingdom of God. Many people incorrectly say that Jesus never claimed to be God, but here’s another case where He, if not making that claim, comes pretty close.

Ultimately, whatever else we know about the kingdom pales next to the fact that the kingdom revolves around and gains its power from Jesus, the king. When He came into the world, the kingdom of God came into the world in a manner it had never done before.

Little Prince Archie might fascinate the world, but the truly important royal baby was born in Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago. I’d proclaim, “Long live the King,” but I don’t really need to.