“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” – Song of Songs 2:1
The “Hibiscus Syriacus”, otherwise known more commonly as the “Rose of Sharon”, is a crocus-like plant which thrives in areas with hot summers . . . areas like the Sharon Valley on the northern plain of Galilee. It is treasured for its very attractive white, pink, red, lavender, or purple flowers which are edible. Individual flowers are short-lived, lasting only a day, but numerous flower buds are produced on a single shrub’s new growth, which provides prolific flowering over a long hot summer.
Similarly, Jesus was metaphorically described in Isaiah 35:1-2 . . .
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.”
In Psalm 145:5, God’s majesty and His works are described as glorious splendor. The same phrase is used for His holiness in Psalm 96:9. When we think about Jesus as the Rose of Sharon, we remember that His life is literally God’s splendor on display. John wrote this account in his Gospel . . .
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
Like the literal “Rose of Sharon”, Christ’s life from Bethlehem to the cross felt like an all-too-short day of full bloom, but His victory over death and the grave introduced eternal resurrection life . . . life which can be yours as 1 Corinthians 5:17 states . . .
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:the old has gone, the new is here!”
This is David “JB” MIller offering a reminder that God’s majesty, holiness and power are more beautiful than the very Rose of Sharon because they are wrapped in His amazing grace . . grace that removes all in your heart and soul that would never survive in His presence . . grace that makes His life your life . . His purity your purity . . and His presence your peace.
Like the Sharon Valley crocus, you become the most brilliant display of God’s splendor . . when you come just as you are . .
. . to Him.
My Life Line Prayer:
“Dear Father in heaven, thank you for allowing us to participate in Your divine plan and sending Your Son to us as our ‘Rose of Sharon’. Jesus, thank you for removing all darkness from our unholy lives that would rob our future of all the beautiful things you have in store by Your glorious grace. In Your name we pray, Amen”
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