I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. – Song of Solomon 2:1 (NIV)
Rare beauty can emerge under unlikely conditions. Picture the beauty of a flower growing to full bloom in the midst of the lifelessness of the desert. Let the image of a blossom come forth out of the den of death like a desert.
The death of Jesus stands out as a similar image. He stood out as a jewel of what God had to offer the entire world as the worldliness of many people led Him to court, then the cross at Calvary. He is the rose which gave His own life so that others might have eternal life.
This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge;
and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross
– Acts 2:23