February 14, 2013. It’s Valentine’s day, and I asked the Lord Jesus to show me something new about Himself. The words from Tim Reimherr’s “More than Ashes” came into my mind so I sang these words to the Lord (I didn’t know the rest of the song).
“There’s gonna be a wedding
It’s the reason that I’m living
To marry the Lamb”
As I sang, he began to release revelation of His character.
The Perfect Lover
First, I felt the perfection of God’s love – a love so perfect that nothing else can compare to it. It’s a love that is filled with truth, completely accepting, expressed constantly and conquers the grave. It’s the love of a Father who loved us so much, He gave His righteous Son to pay for our sins and restore us (John 3:16); the humble love of the Saviour who became obedient to death on a cross (Philippians 2:1-8); the passionate love of a bridegroom King who speaks identity, fullness and oneness into His bride, the church (Revelation 21:1-5). He calls us rose of Sharon, lily of the valleys – “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes.” (Song of Songs 4:9)
I looked up the rest of Tim Reimherr’s song afterwards. This is just the chorus and bridge:
“I am the rose, the joy for which You died
And this I know, I move You with delight
And when my heart condemns on every side
I take refuge in the truth: I am the rose to You
I am the rose, I am the lily
I am yours, I’m your beauty”
The Supremacy of Christ
The Greek for “supremacy” is πρωτεύω (próteuó) which means “to have the first place”.
How does Christ have the first place? 1 Colossians 1:18 says, “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Christ is the head of the church. He is the cornerstone and sure foundation. He has supremacy because it is only in Christ, that eternity is found. (Ephesians 2:19-21, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11) Christ is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead. He was first to rise from the dead, and because He lives forever, we can look forward to being raised with Him to experience the incomparable riches of God’s grace forever (Ephesians 2:6-7). Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. He was there with the Father when the world was made, and He will be King forever when He returns to establish His kingdom and the New Jerusalem. Christ has the first place in all things because He is worthy to be worshipped.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
To receive all glory and honour and power,
For you created all things,
And by your will they were created
And have their being.”