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Summary: A sermon comparing the Lord Jesus Christ to the flower which scripture calls the lily of the valleys.

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TEXT

"I am...the lily of the valleys".

INTRODUCTION

The lily of the valleys is a beautiful flower. It has little white bells arranged up a short delicate stem. It is popular in bridal arrangements because of its sweet perfume.

1. HEART

The flower contains convallatoxin, a chemical used as a heart stimulant. Nothing has the ability to stimulate and change the heart like the Lord Jesus Christ. He has the ability to:

a) Prick the heart - Acts 2:37; 7:54.

b) Dwell in the heart - Ephesians 3:17.

c) Bring joy to the heart - John 16:22.

d) Comfort the heart - Ephesians 6:22.

e) Keep the heart - Philippians 4:7.

2. HOAX

There is a flower that imitates the lily of the valleys but under close examination is found to be an impostor. The pope is an impostor. Jesus told us there would be a variety of false Christs (Matthew 24:24). In recent years this prediction has been fulfilled. Think of David Icke. He claimed he was the Son of God on the ’Wogan’ BBC chatshow in 1991.

In 1965 Daniel Waswa from Kenya got his wife to crucify him. As he hung on the cross, he told the gathered crowd, "I am dying for the sins of all Kenyans."

3. HEIGHT

The lily of the valleys can grow to over a metre tall. This speaks to us of the height Christ came from to save us from our sins. "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place" (Isaiah 57:15).

4. HUE

What colour is the lily of the valleys? White. Christ is morally white. He is perfect in every sense of the word. He can make us white by His blood. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold,

I’d rather be His than have riches untold;

I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands,

I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause,

I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;

I’d rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,

I’d rather be true to His holy name.

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom,

He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;

He’s all that my hungering spirit needs,

I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

Than to be the king of a vast domain

Or be held in sin’s dread sway;

I’d rather have Jesus than anything

This world affords today.


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