I also received a beautiful spray of white and red roses from my daughter Evangeline,(fourth of seven, third daughter) she brought the bouquet of left- over- lovies from our state capitol. Evie, as we affectionately refer to her, has taken a new job working for our State Representative at the Capitol. Every year, in January, around the anniversary of Roe V. Wade, thousands of individuals across our nation descend upon their state capitols with long-stem roses to give to their respective congressmen. The flowers have dual purpose: 1) they are given in memory of the 55 million children that were denied opportunity to sing their song and 2) they are promoting the promise that the children allowed to live will be the next choir of victorious citizens raising their voices in thanksgiving for the liberty of life.
Interestingly, Jesus is often referred to as the "Rose of Sharon." This symbolic title represents Christ in a very significant way; also a promise and a proclamation. A short "Google" search yields wonderful information concerning the reference to Jesus as the "Rose of Sharon." And I quote:
"From what we know about the place, the Sharon valley was a fertile plain that was home to many
beautiful flowers. Isaiah 35:2, lists Sharon in a context discussing blooming plants and describes the
valley as "excellent." Sharon was renowned for its majesty and beauty, but what about
A true rose, like the one sweethearts exchange on Valentine’s day, is probably not what the
Bible calls the "rose of Sharon,"
o Because these flowers are very uncommon in Palestine. In fact, although no one can say
for certain which flower is the actual "Rose of Sharon," many scholars think the best guess
is the cistus (also known as the rock-rose).
Selah: As hard and steadfast as a rock yet as gentle and beautiful as a rose!
o The cistus blooms in various parts of the land of Palestine,
o In ancient times it was known for its soothing aroma and pain-relieving qualities.
No one knows for sure when or why the term "Rose of Sharon" was given to Jesus. But some reasons do
make good sense. Christ’s healing powers and pain-relieving actions were similar to certain traits of
the rock-rose. Is it any wonder that the "Great Physician," Who came to physically heal the sick and
spiritually take away the plague of sin from the world, should be given the name of a flower known for its
sweet aroma and pain-relieving qualities?
Conclusion: Jesus: The Rose of Sharon
Sharon means: Level Place, Consistent, able to hold footing,sureness
Scripture refers to Jesus many times by saying “as was his custom” which is to say that He was
very consistent, emotionally level. In turn we are able to have firm foundation on Him.
Sharon means: excellent, fertile
The Cistus Flower: Known for its pain relieving qualities
and its soothing aroma
Isaiah 53 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by
God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed
for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are
--copied from www.bethalsglobalreach.org
I give you Jesus the Sweet Rose of Sharon
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