I will draw all men

mask, rose and playbookThere are times when, in our zeal to get out and share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we neglect the very best “method” at our disposal. There are books in the stores which develop strategies for engaging people in conversation, for targeting or leading them through pointed questions, for how to hold their attention through entertainment, for how to argue this point or that, etc. While any of these things may have their place, we must not forget to “lift up” the Lord Jesus Himself so that He may do what only He can do through His Holy Spirit (John 16:8).

I love the story found in the Song of Solomon (I believe Song of Solomon was written to be a play, by the way). The King’s “love” – the woman in the play is referred to as “his love” or “my love” – she, through apathy and laziness, becomes separated from “her beloved” (“beloved” is what she calls him). When she realizes he’s nowhere to be found, she goes out looking for him. “I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone; … I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him but he gave no answer” (Song of Solomon 5:6).

After suffering abuse in her search for him she comes across the “daughters of Jerusalem” (the chorus in our play) and she asks them, “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love” (5:8). The daughters answer with a question. They ask, “What is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou so charge us?” (5:9). In other words, “What’s so special about him that you’re all worked up? There are plenty of fish in the sea. Why should we care that he’s gone?”

The woman then proceeds to passionately describe him from head to toe. “My beloved is … the chiefest among ten thousand. … His head is as the most fine gold. … His locks are bushy, and black as a raven. … His eyes are as the eyes of doves…His cheeks are as a bed of spices… His lips like lilies… His hands are as gold rings [cylinders] set with the beryl [fingers and fingernails]… His belly is as bright ivory… His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold [legs and feet]… His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars… His mouth is most sweet: Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend…” (5:10-16).

The response of the women is exactly as one might expect from such a description: “Whither is thy beloved gone, … that we may seek him with thee?” (6:1).

It is no different with our beloved, the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell people who He is and what He’s like. Tell them all about Him! If they’re listening, they’ll be like the daughters of Jerusalem and want to follow Him with you. He said, “And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men to me” (John 12:32). Let’s lift Him up this summer.

-J. Wilbur

First printed in the July 2012 edition of the “Chapel Clarion,” a monthly newsletter published through the efforts of several faithful saints who meet at the Nokesville Gospel Chapel in Nokesville, VA.

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