Here’s something to turn over in your mind this week
“Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow” Isaiah 1:18
My friend Russ sent me some quite remarkable pictures of the snow that had fallen near his home in Buxton, Derbyshire, England.
That got me thinking about where snow is mentioned in the Bible. We often think of Israel as a hot, arid, semi-desert land. Yet, in winter it was not uncommon for snow to fall. And so it was used in the Bible to illustrate certain truths.
The first if these truths is cleansing from Sin. Sin is a serious issue. Firstly, it is like a disease that we all have inherited as humans. This was as a result of Adam’s sin. “Through one man sin entered the world” Romans 5:12. Secondly, sin also describes the things we do that are against God’s perfect and holy will. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. From God’s perspective, both of these are defiling and require forgiveness and cleansing.
This is something that only Jesus can provide. When we believe in Him and confess our sins to Him, he both forgives cleanses us. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
Wherever you live, whether it is where the snow falls, or if all you will see of it is on a Christmas card, let the snow remind you of the great forgiveness and cleansing that Jesus alone provides. This was David’s prayer to God, “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” Psalm 51:7.” Yes, through Him, your sins can become as white as snow.