Summary: The sense we want to focus on in greater detail is one that we seldom think of, but it is a primary factor in both romantic and religious love, and that is the sense of smell.
In the tale of the Beauty and the Beast the horrible looking
creature with 7 horns in his forehead begs the beautiful
young maiden he has carried away to kiss him. She, of
course, refuses to kiss such ugliness, and the beast goes away.
She saw it no more until one day she found it lying dead
under a bush in the garden. She wept and cast herself down
on the beast and kissed it. Suddenly it returned to life and
was transformed into the handsomest prince her eyes had
ever beheld. He then explained that he had been bewitched,
and could never be delivered unless a maid fell in love with
him and kissed him. That kiss she gave him removed the
curse, redeemed him from death, and restored him to his
What a fantastic story of the power of a kiss. It is only a
fairytale, but the truth it relates is the very truth of the
Christian Gospel. The beast represents man under the
curse. He became ugly as he fell from his state of perfection.
He was restored and transformed by the power of God's kiss,
which was the cross. Jesus reconciled God and man by the
power of His kiss of peace at Calvary. In this Song of Songs
we see the Shulamite girl longing for the kisses of her
Shepherd lover, and God answered that longing in the souls
of men to be united with the lover of their souls by sending
His Son in the flesh.
God reached down and embraced His people in Christ.
"He touched me and now I am no longer the same" is the
testimony of those who have responded to His love. But
there is more to a kiss than touch, and that is our theme for
this message. All of the senses are involved in romance and
kissing as we see in this song. Many lovers may never think
of it, but the ears are important in kissing, for no kiss is
complete without sound. Most married people have been in
situation where they have tried to be quiet as they kiss, and
they have discovered that it is hard to kiss right without
A kiss without sound is like an egg without salt. Most
kisses in a marriage ceremony are not up to par because the
atmosphere is such that the nervous couple feels
conspicuous, and they want to keep the whole thing as quiet
as possible. They aim for a silent kiss, and they quickly learn
that a silent kiss is a crippled kiss. Shakespeare refers to a
groom who took full advantage of his wedding kiss, but he
was an exception. In the Taming of the Shrew he writes,
This done, he took the bride about the neck,
And kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack
That at the parting, all the church did echo.
Sound is a part of a good kiss, and this is true in the spiritual
realm as well. Faith comes by hearing. It is by means of the
ear that we receive the good news, and the sound of that kiss
of reconciliation whereby we are united to Christ. This kiss
is the means by which we become a part of His bride.
The sense of taste is also involved. The Shulamite girl
says, "Your love is better than wine." We will look at love
and wine in greater detail in another message, but we just
want to point out here that love and kissing like all enjoyable
things should taste good. Psa. 34:8 says, "O taste and see
that the Lord is good." Psa. 119:103 says, "How sweet are
thy words unto my taste." Romantic and religious love is to
be sweet to the taste, and be sweeter than wine.
The poet writes,
O lady, there be many things
That seem right fair, below, above;
But sure not one among them all
Is half so sweet as love.
The fact is, if we had more loveaholics in the world there
would be fewer alcoholics, for true love is always better than
wine. The intoxication of love is delightful rather than
disgusting. Dante wrote about the first time that Beatrice
spoke to him. "Because it was the first time any words from
her reached mine ears, I came into such sweetness that I
parted thence as one intoxicated."
The sense we want to focus on in greater detail is one that
we seldom think of, but it is a primary factor in both
romantic and religious love, and that is the sense of smell.
Your nose has much to do with love. Even taste is largely a
matter of smell. Some of you may recall that when you first
began to kiss the one who is now your mate that there was a