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The Fragrance of Messiah

In 2 Corinthians 2:14-17(CJB), Paul says the following: thanks be to God, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know him! For to God we are the aroma of the Messiah, both among those being saved and among those being lost; to the latter, we are the smell of death leading only to more death; but to the former, we are the sweet smell of life leading to more life. Who is equal to such a task? For we are not like a lot of folks who go about huckstering God’s message for a fee; on the contrary, we speak out of a sincere heart, as people sent by God, standing in God’s presence, living in union with the Messiah.

So according to Paul, we (the believers) spread the knowledge of Christ (but not without some pomp and circumstance–he says we are part of a triumphal procession led by Jesus. As this procession moves, it spread the fragrance of Christ–the Promised One.

Let’s stop for a moment to unpack the idea of the Fragrance of the Promised One. Isn’t it the fragrance of hope–hope of an eternal future with God made possible by the shed blood of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead.

If hope had a fragrance, perhaps it would smell like us as we proceed through life leaving in our wake the fragrance of the One who knew no sin and became sin for us–the fragrance of a perfect offering.

According to the apostle John, in 1 John 2:2 (AMP), He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world.

As the atoning sacrifice for us, Jesus’ is the fulfillment of the law. He is the ultimate offering. What is it that God so enjoys about the offering? We’re told many times. The offerings are “a sweet aroma to the LORD.” And so too was Jesus’ sacrifice a sweet aroma unto God. His sacrifice made the way for many to have relationship with God. His sacrifice atoned for the sin of the whole world. Hallelujah! What at Savior! Sweet is His perfume!

And as we allow Him to fill us with His Spirit and to sanctify our lives, we take on His fragrance–the aroma of death to self–the sweet aroma that is so pleasing to God.


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I met You daily
for me
to survive
for comfort
for healing
for strength
to push back the darkness

I never imagined
the fragrance you were leaving behind in me
over the years
weaving it into the very fibers of my soul
the essence of my being
the pungent perfume
the amazing aroma of the Beautiful One

I was desperate for You
my eyes consumed by my troubles
For many years
I couldn’t lift my head to look ahead
I couldn’t see beyond
prevailing problems
current chaos
daily demands

I didn’t worry if you were leaving Your fragrance with me
on me
in me
I didn’t know or care

But You, Adonai T’zva’ot,
You did
You knew it would help others
You knew it would waft over my sweet child
You knew I’d want this fragrance
long for this fragrance
one day
You knew

So You did for me what I couldn’t do for myself
You made this broken pot a useful vessel
in Your house
the Master’s house

In time
Your time
fullness of time
perfectly timed
You began the squeeze
pressure increased
pressure mounted

You were close, but no relief
more and more force applied
to my soul
to my being
enemies all around
enemies within
walls entombing me

blistering betrayal
brutal battles
boundless sorrows
rivers of tears
I was in a vice
You were tightening screws
increasing pressure
crushing, crushing, crushing

I thought I might die
I wished I might die
I wished and wished for the crushing to end

As You crushed me in that contraption called the human condition,
that mechanism for spiritual growth known as “that which is common to man”
something happened
something I never expected

At first, just a hint of fragrance was released
a brisk walk at dusk past the night-blooming Jasmine

then a wispy cloud floating around me
a bouquet of fresh-cut roses in the center of the kitchen table

still You weren’t finished
til the unrelenting crushing brought forth the full aroma
the blast of permeating fragrance

prostrate in fields of lavender
resting on the fresh buds
my pores seeping with fragrance
the fragrance of Yeshua
the fragrance of the Christ
the fragrance of hope

You are the sower
You are the living water
You are the vine dresser
You are Elohim
Creator of the very dirt and herb of the field

and You are the perfumer
bringing forth the finest scents
from Your flowers
crushing me
crushing us
that Your fragrance might remain

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