The fragrance of the King
2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds. 5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet. 6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. 8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.
On that resurrection morning our Lord would have awoken to the sweet smell of the myrrh and aloes that Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea used to prepare His body, not the stench of death! The smell reminds us of Psalm 45 which speaks of the king and is quoted in Hebrews 1:8 when discussing the majesty of the risen Jesus . Have you ever breathed in the freshness of the early morning air? How about the aroma of that resurection morning, have you ever breathed that in? What aroma do you smell Life or death? Is the smell of the resurection permiating your life?
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life