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Pastor Youngju Steven Kim
Rev. Steven Kim

 

When Harry Met Meghan

Weeks ago, people saw one of the most exciting Cinderella stories of our days. The world witnessed the glorious royal wedding of Prince Harry of England and the American actress Meghan Markle. Reportedly, the couple first met two years ago on a blind date, fixed up by a mutual friend.

The marriage has changed the status of both respectively. Prince Harry is now called the Duke of Sussex. More significantly, Meghan has changed her earthly status from an American citizen to one of the British royal families. It is such a dramatic change that could happen to one’s life.

Meghan’s mother is descended from African-Americans enslaved in Georgia while her father is a European immigrant. Describing her ancestry, Meghan said, "My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African-American. I'm half black and half white.... I have come to embrace this and say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident, mixed-race woman."

It is good for her to have cherished and been proud of her ancestry. Who would have imagined, though, that the California-native Meghan Markle would be a member of the British royal family someday? Now as the Duchess of Sussex she would live her life quite differently from her former lifestyle.

Chances are we won’t become a member of the royal family in our earthly life. But in the kingdom of God, you and I have already received all the spotlights in the Heavenly wedding ceremony. We are the brides of our groom Jesus Christ in embracing him as our Savior and Lord. And there was a great joy and cheers for our sake in the ceremony. That is what Jesus describes in Luke 15:7: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents...”

As in the case of Meghan’s Cinderella story, our status has changed permanently through our union with Jesus Christ. That is what 1 Peter 2:9 describes: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” Blessings upon your new journey along with Jesus Christ!

    

In Peace...