Solomon was a great king. In 2 Chronicles 9:22 we are told that his wisdom and wealth exceeded all the kings of the earth. Notice the reaction of the queen of Sheba to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 9:1-4:
1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind.
2 And Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her.
3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
4 the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her.
Notice in verse 4 that as she saw Solomon’s incomparable wisdom and incredible wealth she literally lost her breath. She was amazed and astonished at the majesty of the king.
Now, consider the words of Jesus from Matthew 12:42:
The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
If the splendor of King Solomon took the queen’s breath away, shouldn’t the greater splendor of Jesus, the King of Kings take our breath away? If we are not amazed and astonished by Jesus, there’s a reason. We need to spend more time focusing on the glory of Christ. We need to fix our eyes upon Jesus. We need to be reminded of His infinite wisdom and majesty. When our focus is right, we can become like the queen of Sheba. Maybe Jesus will begin to take our breath away.