THE ONE ALTOGETHER LOVELY
"Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my
beloved, and this is my friend" (Song of Solomon 5:16, NKJV).
There is something appealing and truly fascinating about this exquisite portrait of Jesus.
All who have captured the beauty of His saving grace cannot but testify that indeed Jesus
Christ is the One who is altogether lovely.
As our self-denying Redeemer, our dearest Friend, our constant Companion, our
compassionate Intercessor, our all-sufficient Saviour-Jesus is indeed "altogether
lovely." Ellen G. White wrote: "In the One 'altogether lovely,' we behold Him,
of whom all beauty of earth and heaven is but a dim reflection."--Education, p. 192.
In this single, powerful affirmation is embodied the charming and irresistible appeal of
the world's gracious Redeemer.
Everything about Jesus Christ is incomparably beautiful. His wonderful name is beautiful,
His character is beautiful, all His works are beautiful, His precious promises are
infinitely beautiful. Moreover, His beauty is contagious. All who are touched by the power
of His saving grace are miraculously transformed into His divine image. "The noblest
and most gentle among men are but a faint reflection [of the one] of whom Solomon by the
Spirit of inspiration wrote... 'Yea, He is altogether lovely.' "--Thoughts from the
Mount of Blessing, p. 49.
The loveliness of Jesus makes sin appear ugly and unappealing to those who have been
transformed by His beauty. As Ellen G. White vividly puts it: "When the sinner has a
view of the matchless charms of Jesus, sin no longer looks attractive to him; for he
beholds the Chiefest among ten thousand, the One altogether lovely.'--Faith and Works, p.
MY PRAYER TODAY: Lord, may the One who is altogether lovely, beautify my life