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There once lived a great queen, in whose kingdom were found the most splendid flowers. She loved roses, and therefore her gardens and village possessed the most
beautiful varieties and colors of this flower.
They grew along the walls and streets, wound themselves around the columns and window frames, and crept beside the castle walls.
The Queen’s daughter, The Princess, loved to steal away to the village to experience life as a village maiden,
frolicking with her friends in the sunshine among The Queen’s
beloved flowers. The Queen often visited the village to take in the beauty of the flowers with her loyal and loving subjects.
Our story begins with their visits, just before the
annual Flower Festival was to be held at the castle.
Each year, when The Queen’s kingdom was in full bloom,
a Flower Festival was held, culminating with a grand banquet in honor of The Queen and Princess.
It was during this annual event, that the jealous and evil courtiers plotted against The Queen and poisoned her. The castle was filled with sorrow when the doctors reveal that they cannot heal her, and The Queen will die. An advisor suggests that the most beautiful rose in the world
– representing the purest and brightest love on earth –
will heal The Queen, and the search began for the perfect rose. Wise men and royalty from all over the earth brought the most beautiful roses they could find, but none brought healing for The Queen.
Full of sorrow, The Princess entered her mother’s room, tears standing in her eyes and glistening on her cheeks; she carried the great Book of LIfe.
She seated herself by the bedside,
and began to read about the greatest love of all,
a love so great that He suffered a horrible death on a cross
to save all of mankind.
As she read, “Greater love hath no man than this,”
The Queen’s cheeks filled with a rose-colored hue.
As her eyes became enlightened and clear,
she saw from the leaves of the book a lovely rose spring forth,
a vision of Him, of Jesus ,
who shed His blood on the cross because of God’s great love for us.
“I see it,” she said.
“He who beholds this, the loveliest rose on earth,
shall never die.”
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 ESV