Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is better than wine.~Song of Solomon 1:2 NKJV
What’s in a kiss? For believers, divine love comes through the Bridegroom’s kiss.
Let’s be honest–most of us have the same bewildering feelings as I have when we read the opening lines of Song of Solomon. When I got to the words, “Let him kiss me,” I closed the book and said, “Later, God.” I could not fathom receiving a kiss from my Savior, even though I could clearly see He was the Bridegroom of Scene One in this biblical vignette.
My quandary–if this was a sexual kiss–was that I did not want to receive it. Let me assure you it is not. Everything within Song of Solomon is intended to be taken as an allegorical representation of the spiritual realm. The main characters are the Bride of Christ–that’s us–and the Bridegroom Jesus Christ, whose stage names are Love and Beloved Solomon.
Song of Solomon is an often misunderstood book and rarely read because we don’t know how to interpret its passionate phrases and subject matter. If we do read it, we pass it off as being useful for marriages, but nothing else. Or we try to ignore the book altogether. That’s what I did at first. But I was doing a cover-to-cover Bible read-through, and Song of Solomon was smack-dab in the middle.
I believe Song of Solomon is centrally located because the divine love of Christ is something God wants to make sure we receive. As an allegory, we can receive spiritual truths that our Beloved Bridegroom cannot express with ordinary language. This allegory is similar to Jesus’ use of parables.
This slender vignette kept wooing me to look deeper. Once I realized it was an allegory, I was drawn to discover the message Song of Solomon contains. And, once I experienced the divine love of my Bridegroom Jesus Christ, the story changed me forever. You, too, can experience the divine kiss of your Bridegroom that He imparts in the spiritual realm when you meet Him through prayer.
We are the Bride, and Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom of this biblical vignette. We can step into the vignette as if we are an actor on the stage and receive the deep, wide, and vast love of Jesus Christ. This vignette is a gift to us, His Bride.
There’s much to share, but I want to leave you with one blessed truth. Notice that you have a name. Your Bridegroom loves you so much He calls you “Love,” which means wife or bride. The promise of His love is secure, and we, the Bride of Christ, belong to our Beloved. Rest in His love for you. Receive His peace and your bridal name.
What are some ways you can experience the kiss of your Bride?
Lord Jesus, thank You that You are my Bridegroom and I am Your bride whom You call “Love.” Amen.
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