© March 3, 2018 | Schulter Etyang
We all are highly anticipating the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family and Meghan Markle, an American actress and humanitarian.
Prince Harry is the youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana, his late mother was a global icon who tragically died 21 years ago in a road accident. The British royal family is the longest reigning monarchy in the world. The widely beloved Queen Elizabeth II has been the Queen of the United Kingdom since February 1952.
Prince Harry is royal blood. He is fifth in line to be king of the United Kingdom.His upcoming nuptial will be to a commoner. Meghan Markle is a commoner. She is a mixed-race woman – half black and half white because her father is Caucasian and her mother is African-American. Her parents are divorced. Meghan has a stepbrother and sister. Meghan herself is a divorced person. She and her ex-husband married in 2011 and divorced two years later in 2013.
Meghan has been involved in humanitarian work for many years. She has been an ambassador for a number of international humanitarian organizations.
Grace is everywhere
Grace is everywhere, Eugene Peterson says. The gospel is everywhere – hidden in plain sight. Prince Harry’s wedding ceremony points us to a much loftier reality. The loftier reality is this – a much better and greater Prince left his heavenly home and came in search of a bride.
His commoner bride-to-be was you and I. How were we when he found us? Here’s how – fornicator, idolater, adulterer, prostitute, gay, thief, drunkard, greedy, abusive, and a cheat (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), dead in trespasses and sins, disobedient, child of wrath, stranger and foreigner (Ephesians 2:1,19), darkened understanding, and alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18)
This is who we were when Jesus started dating and wooing us. Yet, Jesus was not perturbed at all. He still went all in. Prince Harry could have chosen from the crème de la crème of females. Instead, he chooses a woman who is of mixed race and is a divorcee. This is what grace looks like. Jesus doesn’t choose us because we are crème de la crème. He chooses us in spite of who we are. He chooses sinners – all the time.
Now, two things will happen to Meghan when Prince Harry marries her. These same things happen to us on a more cosmic level.
Meghan will receive a new title. Her title could be the first Duchess of Sussex. This title will be bequeathed to her because of her marriage to Prince Harry.
The gospel is such that – when we accept the marriage proposal of the heavenly Prince, he bequeaths to us a new title. We are called saints.
Romans 1:7 (NKJV)
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Both the Hebrew and Greek words for saint – qadosh and hagios mean holy, sacred, pure, and blameless. We become holy, sacred, pure, and blameless because Jesus our heavenly Prince is such. We become as he is. Our new title then gives us new identity, purpose and destiny.
Meghan Markle will receive an inheritance. An inheritance she didn’t work for because Prince Harry was born into it. We also get a priceless inheritance.
1 Peter 1:4 (NLT)
And we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
Such is our inheritance that Paul prayed that we get to know how glorious our inheritance is (Ephesians 1:18) This is so true especially for many of us whose parents did not have the ability or opportunity to pass on an inheritance to us. You and I have a glorious and priceless inheritance. We receive this inheritance because Jesus was born into it. Thus, we become co-heirs with the heavenly Prince (Romans 8:17)
However, there’s one noteworthy thing that Prince Harry will never at any point do for Meghan. Prince Harry will never ever be able to lay down his life for Meghan. He will never suffer atrocities that our heavenly Prince suffered in order to marry us. Our heavenly Prince suffered persecutions and betrayal unlike has ever been seen before just so that he could marry us. Jesus’ marriage to us came at an incredible cost. He lost everything to get us. Prince Harry will not lose anything because of his marriage to Meghan. There is no “cost” to be paid.
Jesus’ marriage to us came at an incredible cost. He lost everything to get us. The cost? His own life.
Our deepest longing
Why is Prince Harry’s nuptial creating such euphoria? Here’s why. His upcoming wedding ceremony tags at the deep longing inside of us. We have a God-shaped hole in our hearts. Deep inside of us, we know it to be true that we were once married to a Prince – and we lost it. Ever since we have tried to recreate that memory. Deep inside our psyche, we know we have someone who satisfies that deep desire.
The gospel points us to that person. His name? Jesus. He really is the true Prince Harry. He does so much more than what Prince Harry will do for Megan Markle. He satisfies that deep desire that we have with unconditional love and acceptance. He will never bolt out when things go awry. He stays. He keeps his promise to us that he will never leave us or forsake us. He is with us until the end of time.
Hey, if you are a Christian, delight yourself in your heavenly prince, your new title and your inheritance. Enjoy all that you have become and inherited. If you are not a Christian, there is so much more than the gospel offers you. Simply, receive.
That’s what grace looks like