Yes, Jesus loves me!
Bible Lesson: Song of Songs 2:1-13
Theme Verse: Vs. 4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.
I remember my Sunday school teacher taught us many songs but three songs touched my heart which I have never forgotten: (i) God’s love is so wonderful… Oh! Wonderful love! (ii) Jesus loves me this I know…Yes, Jesus loves me! (iii) Amazing grace how sweet the sound…. The first song describes about the wonderful and immeasurable love of God; the second one mentions the love of God exhibited in the world through His Son Jesus Christ and the last song shares the expression: God’s love and grace that saves the sinner. The book of Song of Songs demonstrates the wonderful collection of Hebrew love poems between the lover and the beloved. It has three different interpretations: Firstly, it is a beautiful picture of an ideal human love and marriage; secondly, it portrays the love between Yahweh & Israel and lastly, it represents the love of Christ (the Bridegroom) for His Church (His bride).
In this passage lover admires his beloved as ‘a lily among the thorns.’ By calling her so, the lover keeps her on a high pedestal. Lily was one of the most beautiful flower in Palestine with variety of colors. In S.S. 1:5-7 beloved put herself in low self esteem by calling herself ‘dark’ and the way she toiled in the vineyard but the lover address her as ‘darling.’ It is quite similar to the story of Cinderella who was being tortured by her own people but one day a handsome prince came searching for his love in her. Ashamed of her appearance she couldn’t believe a prince would be interested in her and by trusting his love her life was changed. Friends, once we were ugly, blind, lost in sin, subjected to torture and slavery but Christ’s love broke all the barriers and saved us. Jeremy Taylor writes ‘Love is the greatest thing that God give us; for He Himself is love: and it is the greatest thing we can give to God.’
Further, the beloved cherishes the providence in the form of ‘shade’ ‘banquet hall’ ‘raisins’ ‘apples’ that she receives from her lover and by it she is sustained and nourished. When we are in God’s presence we lack no good thing. He cares for our spiritual and physical needs simultaneously. He strengthens our souls and fills our lives with an everlasting joy. King David understood this and he had one desire i.e. to live in the house of the Lord all the days of his life (Psalm 27:4). Paul in Philippians 4 encourages the people of God to rejoice and be content in all circumstances. He learnt the secret of being content in every situation. He knew that the source of all his providence is through Jesus Christ who is Jehovah Jireh (God who provides). He says, ‘my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus’ (Phil.4:19).
Lastly, in vs. 10 the lover says to his beloved, ‘arise, my darling, my beautiful one and come with me.’ When we spend time with our dear ones we feel refreshed. Similarly, Jesus is also calling us according to Matthew 11:28 ‘come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ Only in Jesus we end our restlessness. When we spend time in loving communion with Christ, it is like springtime after the winter (vv. 10–13). His soft and tender voice calls us so that He may rest in us and we in Him. The Twelfth-century Latin hymn says:
Jesus, the very thought of Thee, With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see, And in Thy bosom rest.
Let us spend time in His presence today so that we may rejoice in His glorious dwelling forever.