This article came about with a conversation with a friend the other day. He was asking why Jesus is sometimes referred to as the Rose of Sharon.
The phrase “rose of Sharon” comes out of the Old Testament in the Song of Solomon. Here is the verse:
“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” (Solomon 2:1)
Here are some basic facts about this verse and how it may be related to Jesus being considered the Rose of Sharon.
- Nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus actually referred to as the rose of Sharon. However, He is symbolically referred to as the rose of Sharon by many.
- You are right about Sharon being a place. Sharon is a plain and it is one of the largest valley-plains in all of Palestine. Back at the time of Solomon, it was considered a wild, fertile plain that had many beautiful flowers in it. Sharon was supposed to have been known for its beauty and majesty back in those days.
- The person saying she is the “rose of Sharon” in the above verse was a Shulamite woman who apparently was Solomon’s bride.
- Here is the reason that I think people like to use this analogy of Jesus being the Rose of Sharon. The New Testament refers to Jesus as being the Bridegroom and the Church as His Bride. This tells us right here that God is using the “lover” analogy to describe the personal relationship that He wants us to have with His Son.
However, in the above verse, the person saying she is the rose of Sharon is a woman, not a man. Jesus is obviously referred to as “male” since He is always referred to as “He” in the Bible.
The rose is considered to be the most “perfect” of all flowers.
You will notice that Jesus is symbolically referred to as the rose of Sharon. Jesus is totally perfect in His nature and personality.
He thus can be considered to be the actual rose of Sharon since He is totally perfect within His own nature – just like the rose is supposed to be the most perfect of all flowers.
Normally in a husband-wife or boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, it is the male who gives roses to the wife or girlfriend.
Since Jesus is considered the Bridegroom in His personal relationship with His church, it would thus be Jesus coming to us to give us the flowers.
However, in this case, God may be going one step further in allowing this analogy to be made of His Son.
I believe God may be trying to tell us that Jesus will go one step further. Instead of Jesus being the One who would give us the flowers as we have in our normal human relationships, Jesus is actually referred to as the flower itself!
And with the rose being the most perfect of all flowers, God is telling us that His Son Jesus is the Rose of Sharon rather than just having Him be the One to just give us this rose flower due to His perfect nature and perfect love that He has for all of us.
I feel God wants us to have full realization of how special His Son Jesus is to us, and He is using the rose flower to compare His Son with so we can truly appreciate the beauty and perfection of Jesus and the perfect love that He has for each and every one of us.
Bottom line – Jesus is perfect love just as the rose is the most perfect of all flowers in its looks, beauty and smell.
By using the rose flower as a visual symbolism of Jesus’ love for us, we can better see and appreciate what God is trying to tell us in the personal love relationship that He wants to establish with each and every one of us.
He wants all of us to realize how special His love is for us, and that He wants more than anything else to be able to enter into this personal love relationship with each one of us.
The above is just my own personal opinion on what this analogy is referring to.
I’ve always had a good witness that God the Father does approve of us using the Rose of Sharon to symbolize His Son’s perfect love for us even though it is not actually stated per se in Scripture.
Friday 2nd of December 2022
To the best of my knowledge I understood that Jesus is called the "Rose of Sharon" because He beautifies ugly situation. It was said that Sharon was one of the largest valley-plains in all of Palestine and was without beauty, knowing this that a flower would beautify a valley and a Rose flower would perfectly design this. So in our lives His presence as a Rose beautifies our lives. Thanks.
Tuesday 21st of April 2020
Just like the Rose, Jesus is both the giver and the gift.
The gift of roses, perfect and fragrant in every way, what a wonderful gift to receive!
The giver, upon the death of a rose every part is useful for beauty, health, vitality and spirit.
I loved reading everyone’s take on the Jesus/rose analogy! Our God is so complex and simple at the same time, grand and humble... he is a loving teacher who communicates to us all in our own way but all to the glory of Jesus Christ!
Mary Lou Doron
Thursday 28th of November 2019
Why do you refer to the Land of Israel as Palestine? It was not called Palestine by God, or Jesus, (Yeshua) but given that name by the Romans to humiliate and conquer the Hebrew people. The area of Israel where the Rose of Sharon, is modern day LOD still part of the plain of SHARON and is located in present, modern day ISRAEL, not far from the international airport.
Wednesday 3rd of July 2019
This is a very interesting take, but I would like to offer an alternative: That the rose of Sharon is not Jesus but His Bride. The person saying it is the woman, who is consistently alluding to the Bride. Jesus says He has "perfected forever those who are being sanctified". (Hebrews 10:14) He also says that He presents us to Himself "a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." -Ephesians 5:27
The Song of Solomon is a love story about the Bride caught up in her desire for the perfect Bridegroom but painfully aware of her natural unworthiness compared to His perfection. And yet He CALLS her perfect, He CALLS her without blemish (SS 4:7); and in CALLING her that, just like in the Creation, she BECOMES so IF she receives it by faith. (Romans 4:17)
Wednesday 5th of June 2019
I also find it interesting that the verse mentions "A lily of the valleys" and in the next verse, " a lily among thorns". Both references make me think of Jesus. When my Lilies of the Valleys are blooming under my kitchen window, I just can't get enough of their delicate beautiful fragrance. I want to get my nose right down to them and breath deeply. I want to just lie down amongst them and breath in and rest in that lovely fragrance and when I do take time to enjoy the fragrance of my flowers, it is so deeply satisfying, just like my time spent with Jesus. "A Lily among thorns" makes me think of an Easter Lily another flower associated with Jesus , his death, burial, and resurrection, another flower of strong fragrance and white color. It all makes me think of Jesus's purity and His pure love for us and His suffering for us, so that we might truly enjoy a deep and satisfy relationship with Him.
Friday 19th of February 2021
I think you're actually correct. David Pawson explains this in his serminar on Song of Solomon that the rose of Sharon is a little flower that is so small you can hardly see it and will almost trample it. This resembles not Jesus' beauty, but rather His humility.