The Gospel is a Kiss
There once was a princess. She loved her family dearly and caring for them was her highest honor and joy. A terrible sickness befell her home—it struck her children without mercy and even claimed one of her precious darlings. She tried her best to keep news of her youngest daughter’s death from despairing her other little loves as they continued their fight against the illness. To remain the healthy heroic caregiver, she had to restrain her sacred natural instinct—her motherly love and affection. The princess ever so painfully guarded herself from physical contact with her babes while she tended to them. How she must have longed to hold them tight and cover them with kisses, what anguish! Yet she went on day after day in bondage as their distant dedicated guardian, knowing any breach could mean grave harm and part her from the gifts she loved so sweetly. One day, she overheard her boy telling his nursemaid that he wondered why his mother never kissed him anymore. The dam broke and in an instant she ran to his side and gave that final fatal kiss. The princess was buried a few days later.
This tale is the moving account of Princess Alice, the daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and in it we see a partial picture of the Glorious Gospel.
THAT FATAL KISS
God kissed us when He sent His Son. He knew coming to us would mean His death, yet into the world He came and to the Cross He went all the while tenderly pressing His lips to ours—that fatal kiss. By it, He caught our sickness and made us well. Just as the prophet Isaiah wrote of so long ago:
“For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53:2-6)
Today, whether you are single, married, wooed or caught up in the bliss of a budding romance, may you find the greatest love delight is this: the Gospel is a kiss. May it ravish and rapture your heart as you think on His glorious, tender love for so cruel and wounded a creature.
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…” (1 Peter 3:18)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Think about the most romantic love stories you know of. What are they like compared to the Gospel? Read through Isaiah 53 today and take notice of Christ's sacrifice and love.