Does Jesus Take Your Breath Away?

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.

Pastor Wade


One Response to Does Jesus Take Your Breath Away?

  1. Marvin Yates says:

    Sometimes I wonder what it would take, to take our breath away today. I love the verse in Luke 24:32, as they were walking with Jesus after the resurrection, “They said to each other, ”Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Can’t you just imagine their
    breathless response to what they were hearing. Henry Scougal’s quote “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.” Thus the delights and pleasures that we take in what we love are completely fulfilled in Jesus, how breathtaking is that? And another verse I love, since we are studying John 17, is verse 26, “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John Piper implies that this verse is saying “that the day is coming when I will have the capacity to delight in the Son the way the Father does. My fragile eyes will get the power to take in the glory of the Son shining in his full strength just the way the Father does. The pleasure God has in his Son will become my pleasure, and I will not be consumed, but enthralled forever.” Breathtaking!!! Wow, we do indeed have something greater than Solomon had, how amazing is our Savior.

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