THE CALL OF THE RISEN CHRIST
Praise be to our God and Father . . .
Who has given us new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead, and into an inheritance
that can never perish, spoil or fade ~I Peter 1:3, 4
Beloved: The voice of my Beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping across the mountains, leaping over the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold! He stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My lover spoke and said to me, Arouse yourself, my darling my beautiful one, and come with me. For behold, the winter is past; it goes to itself. The flowers are seen on the earth; the time of singing has come, the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree spices her unripe figs, and the vines give a fragrance by the blossom. Arise, my love; come, my beautiful one, and come yourself‘ (Song 2:8-13)
The maiden resting quietly suddenly hears his voice and recognizes it at once. No other voice can move her now; others might tell her a bunch of things, but nothing pierces the inward ear until he speaks!
He now manifests himself to her as the Risen Lord. She sees him coming toward her, “leaping across the mountains as a gazelle or a young stag” (Song 2:8). His title in the margin of Psalm 22 is the Hind of the morning which points to the resurrection of Jesus. Morning is the beginning of the day and points to the resurrection of Christ as the beginning of new life.
The hart is beautiful and swift. It is able to escape from its enemies. The hart walks on the high places of the earth. We see Jesus wanting the maiden to follow him in all the beauty, victory and swiftness of his resurrection life.
He is leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills, showing us Jesus in all the power of his resurrection and in his victory over the kingdoms of darkness, and the kingdoms of this world. The Lord is manifesting his triumph over every power, leaping and skipping over the power of the enemy with every thing under his feet.
He is proclaiming the message that “Our God Reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7) He is calling her to arise and come along (Song 2:10).
Oddly, it seems he is approaching her as if he were away from her, outside and not within her heart, tenderly drawing her into the wilderness to know her God. He previously revealed himself to her as dwelling in her heart, and the last we knew, she was reveling in the joy of his presence in a peaceful rest that no outward turmoil could disturb; no voice could unsettle.
She is now learning to trust him alone, apart from his conscious revelations to her heart. Her faith must rest on his character, his faithfulness and his word, rather than on his manifestations. She must know that conformity to his likeness is more to him than service.
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