Jesus in the Book of Song of Solomon
I remember seeing my wife for the first time on our wedding day. My breath was taken away. It was a moment that I’ll never forget. I was in love with her before that special day, but it went to another level as I watched her come down that aisle. When I read the book of Songs of Solomon, I remember that day, but I’m also reminded of a more important meaning found there.
We’ve been working through the Old Testament, looking for the New Testament Jesus hundreds even thousands of years before He was born. They’re all great stories on their own, but they absolutely paint a picture of who Jesus will be and what he’ll do for those who believe. Jesus claimed that the entire Old Testament points to Him (Luke 24:27; John 5:46). Since the Book of Song of Solomon is a part of the OT, let’s take a look to see how it points to Jesus.
Many people see Song of Solomon as nothing more than an expression of sexual love between a husband and a wife, a poem that celebrates marital love. Many others, however, see it as more than that.
They see it as a beautiful reminder that a godly marriage reflects the Lord’s love for his people. I personally can’t help but see it as both. It’s not an either/or. It’s a celebration of marital intimacy and love…and it symbolizes Christ’s relationship with the church. The lover and beloved in Song of Solomon represent Jesus and His relationship with His beloved. His people. You and I.
- Jesus is jealous for us (2 Corinthians 11:2a)
- Jesus is called our bridegroom (John 3:29)
- Jesus calls us His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27)
- Jesus is called our husband (2 Corinthians 11:2b)
- Jesus said his Kingdom is like our wedding feast (Matthew 22:2, Revelations 19:9)
- Jesus reveals the mystery of our marriage (Ephesians 5:32)
- Jesus reveals how marriage relates to us and the gospel (Ephesians 6:19)
- Jesus fills us with an inexpressible and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8)
- Jesus delights in us, his special blessings (John 17:1-26)
- Jesus has a deep desire for us to be holy and set apart for Him (Ephesians 5:26-27)
The Song of Solomon points to a godly marriage that reflects and shines the love Jesus has for us.