THE ROSE: Jesus. He that is the Son of the Highest, the Bright and Morning Star, calls and owns Himself as "The Rose of Sharon" to express His presence with His people in this world, the easiness of their access to Him, and the beauty and sweetness which they find in Him, and to reach them to adorn themselves with Him, as shepherds and shepherdesses.
THE CROSS: Jesus Himself established the primary figurative interpretation of the cross as a call to complete surrender to God. Jesus intended this in two directions: the death of self, involving the sacrifice of one's individuality for the purpose of following Jesus completely; and a willingness to imitate Jesus completely, even to the extent of martyrdom. The "word of the cross" (1 Cor. 1:18) is the heart of the gospel, and the preaching of the cross is the soul of the church's mission.
THE CROWN: A special headdress worn by royalty and other persons of high merit and honor. Various crowns are promised to believers for their acts of faith and service. While the winning runner of Paul's day received a garland of myrtle leaves, Paul looked forward to a crown that would not decay (1 Cor. 9:25). Not even the victorious athlete would receive his reward unless he obeyed the rules
(2 Tim. 2:5)
THE WORD OF GOD: John 1:1-2 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word existed at the beginning of time; the Word was present with God at the beginning of time. The Word, Himself, IS Almighty God.
John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Word came down to earth and became a human being. People saw the glory of the Word, when he was on the earth. The glory of the Word is the glory of God's only Son.