Sweetness itself

My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
    outstanding among ten thousand.
 His head is purest gold;
    his hair is wavy
    and black as a raven.
 His eyes are like doves
    by the water streams,
washed in milk,
    mounted like jewels.
 His cheeks are like beds of spice
    yielding perfume.
His lips are like lilies
    dripping with myrrh.
 His arms are rods of gold
    set with topaz.
His body is like polished ivory
    decorated with lapis lazuli.
 His legs are pillars of marble
    set on bases of pure gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,
    choice as its cedars.
 His mouth is sweetness itself;
    he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved, this is my friend,
    daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of songs 5:10-16

This poem comes as an adoring description of the man from the woman. He is simply the best. He’s strong yet gentle, he is attractive, he is lovely and personable. When she says that he is “outstanding among ten thousand” she may as well have said ten million, in other words there is nobody else for her in the whole world. He is the best.

To us today this is the Jesus we have relationship with. He is the one who crushes Satan, the Passover Lamb, the High Priest, the Pillar of Fire, the Perfect King, the Lover and Bridegroom, the Long-suffering Husband, the Friend who is closer than a brother and the one whose blood washes away sin.

This is the one who desires a relationship with you, who calls you “my darling”, the one who wants to see your face and the one who embraces you in His gentle arms.

Do you ever forget how special Jesus is? Do you ever lose sight of what it meant for Him to come to earth as a baby? Does your perception of His power and care over your life become clouded? Take the time to thank Him for who He is today, maybe write down why He is so special to you and ask Him to help you to understand more fully what it means to be in communion with the living Christ, Jesus, Son of God.

Dan Scott

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