Associated Press reported today that Sayako Michiko, the daughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, gave up her royal status as princess by marrying Yoshiki Kuroda, a Tokyo city employee, earlier today.
While she was given a generous 1.5 million dollar dowry, Kuroda is a princess no more. What would cause her to relinquish her title and all the benefits of royalty? Love. She fell in love with a "commoner." Love made her trade the palace for an apartment, her carriage for a car.
This isn't the first time such a thing has happened. Jesus left His royal throne to become a commoner, too. And He did it without any dowry to sustain Him. Charles Wesley wrote,
He left his Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite his grace!
Emptied himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
What would cause Christ to exchange sovereignty for humanity? Love, of course.