There is no earthly treasure lovelier than the One
Though the beauty of creation is awake day and night.
There is no flower known beneath heaven or sun,
That can compare with His radiance, beauty and light.
If I could sing as the whippoorwill does from her nest,
Or swim like the dolphins at sea,
Or rise like the sun and then sink in the West,
Yet none can compare to the Man from Galilee.[/pullquote4]Too often Man places a high value on things that please the natural eye, but what of spiritual beauty?
The remarkable Baptist evangelist, Charles Spurgeon said, “The beauty of Christ is such that if we go into a barn to worship, we are quite as satisfied as though it were a cathedral with grained arches and glowing windows.” Such is the beauty of Christ as seen by his followers that we are quite content to worship without the sound of an organ or the swell of prayerful chants. Jesus alone affords our mind all that beauty and splendor that we need. He is altogether lovely by his mere presence in our hearts!
The beauty of Christ and His truth embraces a love that is faithful to the end. The beauty of His grace and unfailing love is not an earthly trait. Rather, it is a heavenly one which is capable of transforming our lives dramatically. There is nothing unlovely found in him, so all that is in him is completely lovely. As every ray of God is goodness, His grace and love is precious, so everything that is in Christ, and about him, is precious: Who can weigh Christ in a pair of balances, and tell you what his worth is? “His price is above rubies, and all that thou canst desire is not to be compared with him,” Prov. 8:11. As his Bridegroom we have been smitten with the beauty of His wounds. As we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we see the beauty of His sinless life and the sacrifice that He made on the cross. As a theologian said long ago, “There is nothing in him which is not loveable.”
His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem (Sol. 5:16).
All that I am, or ever hope to be, is because of the beauty of your love.
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