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"The Reason The Son Has Come"

March 14, 2007

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The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Recently in the news, the British Ministry of Defense announced Prince Harry was going to Iraq.

The notice didn’t get much coverage in the U.S.; however, the announcement caused quite a stir overseas in the Commonwealth. There were some who were pleased that the monarchy decided to have one of its own sons stand with other soldiers who had fought so bravely. There were others who thought Harry would be the designated target of terrorists and insurgent soldiers. Still, others weren’t as concerned for Harry as much as they were for the safety of their own boys. Although officials said they would try to keep Harry out of especially dangerous situations, many people felt that Harry’s comrades were still running a greater than normal risk.

The Evening Standard quoted Robert Jobson, a monarch-watcher, as saying, "This is like President Bush sending a son to the frontline. The decision is both dangerous and courageous at the same time. It is a success for Harry, but he has become the number one target for insurgents."

When I first read that story, I thought, “Amazing! The son of a monarch is risking his life to win freedom for a population which doesn’t like him, he is going to go to try and bring peace to a place where some people will try and kill him.” The similarities between Harry and the Savior are obvious.

Although Prince Harry is doing a noble sort of thing, there remains a very good possibility he will return from his tour of duty. This was not the situation for Our Savior when He entered this world. Jesus was destined to die on Calvary’s cross before He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed into an animal’s feeding trough, visited by shepherds who came to see God’s good news of great joy. Jesus always knew He had to be about His Father’s business of saving humanity from Satan and sin. Jesus always knew He would have to die so the prophecies would be fulfilled and sinful souls were to be saved.

Unlike Harry, where there was a possibility of returning alive, Jesus paid for our freedom by sacrificing His life in exchange for ours to be saved from eternal sin. There’s one other thing you should know. By law, Harry’s older brother, William, isn’t allowed to enter combat. His life is considered too precious to risk on the battlefield.

I think it is amazing that we have a King whom Scripture says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Think about the uniqueness of our Lord. God sent His ONLY Son to die, so we might live. Please, think about it and join with me in prayer.

THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly King, may I never disregard Your love, fail to appreciate Your Son’s sacrifice, or take for granted what He endured so I might be freed from the rule of sin, death and Satan. Teach me how to praise the Savior with those who have not seen His sacrifice. I ask this in the Name of Your Son, my Savior. Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: Numbers 9-11    Mark 14:1-26

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