“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
What words do you typically associate with January? Cold, ice, dreary, bitter, wind, sleet, hail, snow?
To a child snow is one of the most magical things we can think about. Hours are spent thinking about snow days, snow ice cream, snowball fights, snow angels, and snowmen.
As we get older the magic of snow gradually leaves as well. What was once viewed as a imagination-filled winter wonderland quickly becomes a hassle we have to fight to get to work, school, or to the store.
What never changes, though, is the nature of snow. No one can deny the pure beauty of a freshly fallen blanket of snow on a quiet morning. The whole world appears to be clean and content for even just a few moments.
The Bible tell us that we are born with a sin nature. That sin is “as scarlett” or hard to remove. Red or red derivatives stain everything and make washing nearly impossible.
Through the shed blood of Christ, though, our sin now appears “white as snow” to the Lord. What was once a red, penetrating stain is now pure and spot-free.
This January as we see snow may we remember the promise from God’s Word that our sin has been forgiven forever.