“O, What A Savior!”
There is no one like Jesus!
What I want to do for a few minutes is to just brag on Jesus! I say again: There is no one like Jesus!
• Song of Solomon 5:16-“He is altogether lovely”. Jesus is complete beauty. Nothing is lacking in Him!
• Song of Solomon 5:10 -“He is the chief among ten thousand”. “He is the best of the best.”
• Col. 3:11 Christ is all and in all. Because Jesus Christ is the Savior of all believers, He is equally the all – sufficient Lord of them all.
• I Peter 2:7 “To you who believe (in Him), He is precious”.
-To those who have personally trusted Him as Savior and Lord of their life, in their estimation, no one is esteemed or honored or respected or reverenced more than Jesus Christ! -That is not the view of the world. The world doesn't honor Him at all. In fact, they want to get rid of Him. -But for the saint, the child of God, He is our best friend, we want to obey and serve Him completely. We would be wiling to die for Him. -Why? Because no one else could do for us what He has done for us. We owe all of our hopes of heaven to Him. We have no hope of salvation but in Him!
? Phil. 2:9-11 “Jesus is the sweetest name I know, And He's just the same as His lovely, And that's the reason why I love Him so; Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.”
Jesus is our all in all. Someone put it like this:
To the Architect, He is the Chief Cornerstone. To the Artist, He is altogether Lovely. To the Astronomer, He is the Light of the world. To the Baker, He is the Living Bread. To the Banker, He is the Hidden Treasure. To the Biologist, He is the Life. To the Builder, He is the Sure Foundation. To the Carpenter, He is the Door. To the Doctor, He is the Great Physician. To the Farmer, He is the Lord of the Harvest. To the Florist, He is the Rose of Sharon To the Geologist, He is the Rock of Ages. To the Lawyer, He is the Advocate. To the Philosopher, He is the Wisdom of God.
133 To the Sculptor, He is the Living Stone. To the Theologian, He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. To the Traveler, He is the New and Living way.
To the Sinner, He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. To the Saint, He is our Blessed Assurance.
Folks have tried in vain to adequately describe the Lord Jesus, but no human language can describe Him. Though I could never adequately describe Him, I want to share four things about our Lord:
I. Our Lord's Claims
Jesus claims to be God come in the flesh. Over and over He claims to be the Great I Am of Exodus 3. Moses stands at the burning bush and hears God tell him to lead the people of God out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. -In the Gospel of John, Jesus amplifies His name when He says, “I am the Bread of Life, I am the Light of the world, I am the Door, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Notice John 8:29, 46, 49
II. Our Lord's Character
I could preach for years on this one point, but I want to share just one verse with you: Hebrews
• In His relationship to God the Father, Christ is “Holy”.
Not just outwardly, but pure in heart. He is perfectly righteous. He has a personal holiness and is absolutely perfect; Holy. No sin dwells in Him. He is without any pollution.
B. In His relationship to man, He is “Harmless.”
He never injured any one. He never did anything wrong to any one; not to their name, their person, or their property, and He never will. -He is the only person who has lived on earth of whom it can be said that he never, in any way, did wrong to another.
C. In relationship to Himself, He is “undefiled”.
He is free from all contamination. He never had any improper desire or passion. -Though He took upon Him the guilt of our sins, He never involved Himself in any wrong.
D. He was separate from sinners
Though He took a true human form, in a miraculous way, He had no sin nature which would be the source of any act of sin.
134 -He did not partake in man's plans, pleasures, principles, or views of a sinful world. -O, What a Savior!
III. Our Lord's Charm
Let me use just one example out of the multitude of examples that I could use.
In the Song of Solomon 2:1, we read: “I AM the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.”
The son of the Highest calls Himself “the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys” to express His presence with His people in this world AND the easiness of their access to Him, And the beauty and sweetness which they find in Him.
Let me begin with the second phrase first: “the lily of the valleys” -Did you notice that the word “valleys” is plural? Valleys are low places; hard places; testing places. -To those who are in the valleys, He is a lily. -Lilies are often surrounded by thorns. The wicked of this world have no love for Christ and are as thorns, worthless, useless, noxious, and hurtful. God's people are lilies among them, scratched, torn; exposed to hardships and troubles. -Yet, Jesus is a lily in the valleys. The lily stands for two things: whiteness and sweetness. To those in the valleys, He is the lily. He keeps His people white or clean and He also keeps them sweet in the midst of valleys. -But notice that the church, the people of God, are to be AS a lily. The beauty of Christ is to be seen in His people. They are to resemble the Lord Jesus. They are to be AS lilies, for they are made like Christ. In their hearts, the love of Christ has been shed abroad. Not only is Christ the lily of the Valley, He is also the rose of Sharon. -Why a rose? Because it is the chief or king of flowers. Nothing can compare to the rose.
Roses were used in that day in three ways that we no longer practice today, but those three practices gives us the spiritual meaning. Remember that Jesus is the rose of Sharon. In that day, roses were used for:
A. Washing or Bathing
In that day a traveler might request a Rose Bath. Many roses would be put in a tub for bathing. Some of the roses would be crushed and others left whole. All would be stirred in the water. The properties of the rose would give a soothing feeling and the longer one stayed in the bath, the more the fragrance of the rose would penetrate into the pours of the skin. -After the bath the person would walk down the street and no one had to ask where they had been. They carried the influence of the rose fragrance with them everywhere they went. -The closer you and I get to the Rose of Sharon and the longer we stay close to Him, the more the folks around us ought to know it. -Our mates ought to sense the fragrance of the Lord in our lives. Our children, the folks we work with, folks all around us ought to be able to tell that we have been with Jesus.
135 Folks would extract the nectar from the roses and mix it with water. They would drink it as a cleansing agent; not for the outside, but for the inside. -Religion works to clean up the outside; that which you can see; but Jesus cleans up the inside. -To really clean up the outside, you must first clean the inside. Isn't that what Jesus does?
The nectar could also be mixed with other things and when ingested, it would energize the person. It would put a pep in their step. Most of us need that from the Lord.
IV. Our Lord's Compassion
The most important thing that Jesus came to do for us is the one thing we cannot do for ourselves. -”He came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus is altogether lovely. To them who believe on Him, He is precious.
Do you know Him? Is He real to you?