Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Magic of Snow

"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 as crimson, they shall be like wool. - Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)

Whether you are a fan of the cold white stuff or not you have to admit there is something magical about snow.  When it falls it lays a nice blanket of white powder covering everything. There is something almost refreshing about snow covering everything up.  Regardless of how bad the ground may look the snow covers it.  It is indiscriminate in that if you are in the falling snow you will be covered.  In the end there is something majestic about it all.

The prophet Isaiah gives us one of the greatest visual images for the forgiveness of sins. He says in verse 18 that "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."  Scarlet is a vibrant color that stands in stark contrast to the color white.  To God our sins are as ugly as the dirtiest ground.  They stand out against the holiness of God and His forgiveness as much as the color scarlet does to newly fallen snow.  When we receive God's forgiveness our sins go away completely.  Just as if those scarlet sins had been covered by white snow.

God's forgiveness of sins mimics the falling snow in another way too.  God's forgiveness is like that blanket of snow covering everything.  His forgiveness is indiscriminate when it comes to our sins.  1 John 1:9 tells us "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (NIV).  All we have to do is ask God for forgiveness for the sins we've committed.  As it says in 1 John 1:9, He will forgive us of all our sins.  Our sins, no matter how awful we think they are, will be covered by His forgiveness just like the snow blankets the dirtiest ground.  The only condition on God's forgiveness is that we must ask for it.  Without our confession and request for forgiveness the blanket of forgiveness cannot be applied to our sins.

If you've never admitted to your failures before God and sought His forgiveness for your sins then I encourage you to do so today.  If you've never started a relationship with Christ through the forgiveness of your sins, then I would encourage you to contact me at so I can help you start one.  If you are already a believer who just needed to be reminded of how great God's forgiveness can be, remember God is ready to forgive you of any and all sins.  All you have to do is ask for it.

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