Valentine’s Day is now quickly approaching. For some this day conjures up thoughts of love, romantic comedies, flowers, and chocolate delivered in a heart-shaped box. For others, it stands as a painful reminder that they still are not in the relationship they so desire.
If you fall in to the latter category, what can you do to celebrate this “couples only” holiday? Well, it’s simple really.
While you’re waiting for that relationship to take place, remind yourself that Jesus is better.
No, honestly. He is.
And this excerpt from one of George Whitfield’s sermons shows us how. Originally preached to a group of young women in the 1700’s, Whitfield wanted them to see how Christ truly is the best Husband.
Consider who the Lord Jesus is, whom you are invited to espouse yourselves unto; he is the best husband; there is none comparable to Jesus Christ.
Do you desire one that is great? He is of the highest dignity, he is the glory of heaven, the darling of eternity, admired by angels, dreaded by devils, and adored by saints. For you to be espoused to so great a king, what honor will you have by this espousal?
Do you desire one that is rich? None is comparable to Christ, the fullness of the earth belongs to him. If you be espoused to Christ, you shall share in his unsearchable riches; you shall receive of his fullness, even grace for grace here, and you shall hereafter be admitted to glory, and shall live with this Jesus to all eternity.
Do you desire one that is wise? There is none comparable to Christ for wisdom. His knowledge is infinite, and his wisdom is correspondent thereto. And if you are espoused to Christ, he will guide and counsel you, and make you wise unto salvation.
Do you desire one that is potent, who may defend you against your enemies, and all the insults and reproaches of the Pharisees of this generation? There is none that can equal Christ in power; for the Lord Jesus Christ hath all power.
Do you desire one that is good? There is none like unto Christ in this regard; others may have some goodness, but it is imperfect; Christ’s goodness is complete and perfect, he is full of goodness and in him dwelleth no evil.
Do you desire one that is beautiful? His eyes are most sparkling, his looks and glances of love are ravishing, his smiles are most delightful and refreshing unto the soul: Christ is the most lovely person of all others in the world.
Do you desire one that can love you? None can love you like Christ: His love, my dear sisters, is incomprehensible; his love passeth all other loves: The love of the Lord Jesus is first, without beginning; his love is free without any motive; his love is great without any measure; his love is constant without any change, and his love is everlasting.
Jesus is better. Better than any hoped for relationship. Better than any classic romance. Better than anything this world has to offer. As Paul Tripp has noted, romance can be a good thing, but it makes a terrible god.
Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Broken Shepherd!