October 18, 2017

Whiter than Snow

Hidden within every snowstorm is a promise, a reminder of our purity in Christ:

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool(Isaiah 1:18).

By Christ’s death on the cross of Calvary, through the blood He shed for you and me, we are able to receive full forgiveness from our sins against Him. Because He died for us, He is able to grant us full pardon for our rejection of Him and His commands! And not only does He pardon us from sin’s consequences, but He cleanses us completely from the blood and guilt of our sins, and covers us with a pure robe of righteousness! Granted, we must first go to Him with a contrite heart, fully repentant of breaking His laws and transgressing His righteousness (1 John 1:9). But when we do so, He pardons and cleanses us so that when God the Father looks at us, He sees us as pure and as clean as His Son is! It’s as though Christ becomes the “looking glass” through which the God the Father beholds us: when viewed through the “looking glass” of Christ, we are no longer portrayed with the blood stains of our sins; rather, we are seen as spotless and clean!

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! … Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:1-2,7).

Notice the comparison to God the Father as He sits upon His throne in the heavens:

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire” (Daniel 7:9).

If we repent of our sinfulness and are truly penitent before God, He will cleanse us to be as pure and clean as He Himself is! What a wonderful promise to be reminded of every time it snows!