FRAGRANCE OF THE OINTMENTS!
“Because of the fragrance of your good ointments…..” (Song of Solomon 1:3)
The fragrant oils are nothing but the divine nature of Jesus Christ. The nature and characteristics of Jesus Christ are so sweet. They have a sweet fragrance.
The balm in Gilead is comparable to that of the blood of Christ. When the soldier pierced His side with a spear, water and blood came out like balm. How greatly our hearts are attracted when the divine nature is revealed while being pierced!
When Jesus was pierced with nails and spears, pure blood came out of His body. It was a blood of love; the blood of sacrifice. Words of love came out of His mouth. "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks," says the Scripture. The divine nature of a man will get revealed only during his times of suffering.
Even when Jesus was crowned with thorns and Hid body was wrenched with whip thrashes, no harsh words came out from Him. Words of love and forgiveness alone came out from Him. Had He without tolerating patiently, called for the fire to descend from heaven and consume those who spat on Him, hit on His head and made fun of Him, they would have been burnt to down to ashes.
One who descended fire from above to destroy Sodom could have destroyed His enemies in no time. But if He had done so, His divine characteristic would have gone unseen. But what Jesus did was to plead the Lord to forgive them.
"Divine characteristic" is a gland of love which comes from the bottom of the heart. The divine characteristics of Jesus kept on getting revealed during every part of His life.
He not only preached saying, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) but He also practised it in His life. During the Sermon on the mountain, Jesus said that one should love his enemies and He put this principle to use during His sufferings in Calvary. That is the good ointment poured forth.
Dear children of God, will you submit yourself so that those divine characteristics are developed within you?
To meditate:- “……as His divine power has given to us all things…..you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (II Peter 1:3, 4).