By R.C. Chapman
“I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys.” —Song of Solomon 2:1
O say, my Lord, for Thou reavealest secret things, the rose and lily, what their voice concerning Thee? Surely they join their scent and beauty to be a memorial of the Lamb of God. O Thou Redeemer of Israel! Upon Thy work of love Thy heart was set in the beginning, from everlasting!
When Thou didst plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, Thou didst show forth Thy power to create. In Thy manifold wisdom also Thou didst fashion them to shadow forth Thy grace. And now these flowers of the earth, the rose and the lily, are heard to speak Thy name, and show forth Thy salvation.
Surely the rose tells me of Thy Cross, whereon Thou was made a curse, and wast stained in Thine own blood. O Thou Lamb of God! Give me now to stand and look upon Thee whom I pierced; yes, ,my soul, the Lamb whom thou didst pierce! Not for Himself was Messiah cut off. He was spotless, or He were not the Lamb of God.
Elect angels are holy and undefiled, yet in their holiness bounded by the creature’s narrow measure, and in itself liable to change. When their companions fell they were sustained and preserved, God in them providing His Church a goodly train and needful safeguard.
But who or what is Jesus? Mark Him! He travels in the greatness of His strength, no servant by nature, but the only begotten Son! Immanuel, the Lord Jehovah our Righteousness! And the Word that endureth forever (1 Peter 1:25); that was with God and was God. (John 1:1) All the acts of the Son of Man have the glory, the unsearchable glory, of His Eternal Power and Godhead in them. Our Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
If creatures serve and worship God, they do but take their true place, whereas the Son thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Yet He, The Son of God, took on Him the form of a servant!