“The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (WEB)
A rose in its prime is treasured the world over for its remarkable beauty. For a few moments our lives are graced and inspired by its presence. But, it’s a beauty not meant to last for very long. As it fades away before our very eyes we are reminded that there is but one beauty that transcends time, a beauty that never fades away, a beauty that when intimately embraced in our lives grows ever more beautiful over time. How can it not? He alone is the one true Rose of Sharon that loves you without ceasing and has promised to never leave your side.
I ask you, “Is there another Rose that is as true, as noble, as pure, as lovely, as of such good report, as virtuous, and as praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8) other than Jesus? After all, there is no other Rose who died, was buried, and then rose three days later to set you, His dearly beloved, free. Can there be anything more breathtakingly beautiful than the unfading Rose of our salvation?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (WEB)
“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines out.” Psalm 50:2 (WEB)
Jason Upton, “Jesus, You’re Beautiful” (from the album “A Table Full of Strangers, vol 2”)