Christ's Love is Better
Text: Song of Solomon 1:2
Title: "Christ's Love is Better"
Subj: Christ's love is better!
Intro: The Bible says, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking
for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:21
The Holy Spirit through Jude says that we are to actively keep
ourselves cradled in the love of God, and keeping a lookout for the
acts of loving-kindness (mercy) of our Lord Jesus Christ. The love
of God is that sacrificial love that works its way out in acts of
mercy toward us. I wonder if you or I could stand tonight and give
an example of the love of God active in our lives?
The Bible says, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:21
Or I wonder how many of us could testify that we keep ourselves in
the love of God, or would we have to say that we keep ourselves in
self love or in other's love (seeking acceptance from others)? Isn't
it amazing how easy it is to live beneath our privileges? But there
is a reason that the Bible commands that we keep ourselves in the
love of God. It is because it is the highest form of love, the love
of God for His own, which means the highest good from the goodest
God! Thus the subject of this message, "Christ's Love is Better." We
will take our passage from the Song of Solomon, the book of love.
Song 1:1-4 -- "Christ's Love is Better" -- prayer
The key to understanding the Song of Solomon, or any book of the
Bible is to look for its Subject, which is always the Lord Jesus
Christ. While the Subject is always the same, the theme of each book
In the Song of Solomon, we find the Lord Jesus Christ pictured as a
Shepherd. The other two main characters are king Solomon, who wrote
the book, and who is a type of the world, and the Shulamite maiden,
who pictures the individual believer and/or the church. Herein is
the conflict. The worldly king loves the saved Shulamite for her
beauty, but the Shulamite loves the Shepherd. (Have you ever liked
someone who liked someone else? Then you get the picture!) So the
Song of Solomon expresses the battle the Christian (pictured by the
Shulamite) faces between the allurements of this world (pictured by
the king), and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ (pictured by the
Shepherd). Interestingly, the whole conflict is laid out for us in
the 2nd verse of the 1st chapt..
Setting: The beautiful Shulamite maiden has been brought from her
country home to the king's chambers (v4b). Solomon's intentions are
to woe her in the splendor of the king's palace. In v2 we intrude
into the Shulamite's thoughts as she awaits the arrival of king
Solomon. We can divide v2 into 2 halves. The first half contains her
apprehensions of what the king will attempt when he appears, while
in the second half the Shulamite directs her thoughts to the
I. THE LOVE OF THE WORLD (v2a)
A. Let "Him" (the world) Kiss Me
Note: Solomon represents the world in the Song. The world is not
just this globe on which we stand, but includes the totality of its
systems and standards. It is everything outside the spiritual rule
of Christ. Though this world is overruled by God, Satan has been
given freedom to work his wiles by using this world system. Why
would be allow the world to "kiss" us?
1. This world appeals to our sin nature
a. In fact, we are the very products of this world, formed out of
the dust of its earth. Since the fall, this world is the center of
our universe, until we come to Christ.
b. It is an ever present temptation. It draws us like a light draws
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of
the world." 1 Jn. 2:16
Note: This temptation is brought out in a interesting way in the
Song of Solomon, for the Shepherd is never physically in the
Shulamite's presence, though He is in her thoughts and dreams
continually, while the king is always in her presence trying to pull
her away from the Shepherd by the allurements of this world. The
world is always before us as believers, while the Lord is seated at
the right hand of God in Glory. The thing that is before us, we are
supposed to ignore, while the Person hidden from us is the One we
are suppose to obey! A real problem!!
2. It is a personal temptation ("Let him kiss me")
a. There are things that will appeal to you that would not appeal to
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,
she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat..." Gen. 3:6
1. Look around you and you can see "different strokes for different
folks." And Satan uses your individual temptation to your individual
3. It is a passionate temptation ("Let him kiss me")
"Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and
sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
and saith unto Him, all these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt
fall down and worship me." Mat. 4:8-9
a. If you will serve Satan, Satan will provide you with the things
of this world for your flesh.
B. The Kisses of the World
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are
deceitful." Prov. 27:6
Note: "Kiss" comes from a Hebrew root that means to "be armed." In
other words, you better watch out!! A kiss can either be a genuine
sign of affection, or a false sign of affection. The Arabic root
means to "fasten together." So a kiss joins you to someone or
something. A kiss is pleasurable in its act, but it can be deadly in
its consequences. A kiss is fleeting, but its consequences can be
very long lasting.
C. The Wine of the World
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived
thereby is not wise." Prov. 20:1
Note: Wine normally symbolizes the effect this world has on the
senses. It colors and clouds reality by its intoxicating effects. It
makes evil look good, and sin look acceptable. It is a false joy
that is short-lived. It makes people forget the consequences of
II. THE LOVE OF CHRIST (2b)
A. Contrast (kisses vs love)
Note: This is what we find throughout the Song, a contrast of Christ
vs the world, with the believer in between. All week we are pulled
by the world. We come to church to be "pulled back to Christ."
Notice that the world kisses, but the Christ loves! And the love of
Christ will provide exactly the "things" of this world that you
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
B. His Love
1. What is love?
a. Eros = self-satisfying, self-centered, selfish love (flesh).
b. Phileo = selfless love, self-shared love (two people going in the
same direction). An activity of your spirit.
c. Agape = self-sacrificing love, where the good of the other person
is your first consideration. An activity of the Holy Spirit.
Note: Christ's love for us is not based on our attractiveness, nor
on what we share in common, but on our need to be loved! He knew we
needed to be loved, and He loves us! Let me give you the only verse
in the Bible that says Christ, present tense, loves us.
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first
begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto
Him That loved(s) us, and washed us from our sins in His Own Blood"
2. Christ's love is better
a. "Better" = agreeable to the senses, pleasant to the higher
nature, excellent, valuable, appropriate, better (contrast), kind,
b. Because it is a commitment, not just a kiss!
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with
such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee." Heb. 13:5
c. Because it is personal, not indiscriminate
1) It is only for His own
"As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My
love." Jn. 15:9
d. Because it is pure, not deceptive
1) No hidden motive
"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us..." 1
Jn. 4:16 (in part)
e. Because it is proven, not questionable
1) We don't have to wonder if it is real
"...Unto Him that loved(s) us, and washed us from our sins in His
own blood." Rev. 1:5 (in part)
f. Because it is eternal, not fleeting.
1) We can trust Christ's love
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that
we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us
not, because it knew Him not." 1 Jn. 3:1 (in part)
III. THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST
A. Expects the Worst from the World (deceptive kisses)
"And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man
deceive you: for many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ;
and shall deceive many." Mk. 13:5-6
B. Expects the Best from the Lord (sacrificial love)
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
it be afraid." Jn. 14:27
C. Though in the World, Thinks about the Lord
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these
things." Phil. 4:8
D. Has Already Settled the Matter
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
Concl.: Brothers and sisters in Christ, the world continually
attempts to "kiss you," and to call to you with all the "things" at
its command. It will never stopped offering things that cannot, and
will not satisfy. Throughout the Song of Solomon, the king offers
the Shulamite (believer) every incitement at his disposal to win her
affections. The world has not changed, nor has your sin-nature.
On the other hand, Christ offers His love, which the Shulamite
maiden found to be "better than wine." In that love is included all
that the Lord has at His disposal, and all that the Lord knows is
beneficial for your life.
But you must determine, and the earlier the better, which course of
action you will follow. Will you seek the world's kisses, or will
you find peace and contentment in the Saviour's love?