Last week the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Brooklyn Nets in a basketball game. The game was in the third quarter, the score was close, but no one was watching the game. Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, entered the building and took their seats courtside. Every eye was on them. After the game Lebron James talked about what an honor it was for him to be visited by royalty coming to watch his basketball game.
Heavenly Royalty visits us, but are our hearts prepared to welcome him? Jesus came to us at Bethlehem, and he comes to us also tonight, and every time we open this Bible to hear his Word. See, there is this intimate connection between Jesus and his Word—he is never separated from his Word. The Bible in fact calls him the Word made flesh, in John chapter 1. And Jesus said that wherever [even just] two or three gather in his name, there he is with them. Tonight we gather in his name to soak up the Word he has given, and worship him in prayers and songs inspired by those words. He is with us. We are visited by royalty. We are honored.